Danny Larry Rea, Jr., of Ethelsville, Ala. passed away shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning after the motorcycle he was riding left the road and plunged into a creek. Rea, age 44, was travelling West in the 1500 block of Bluecutt Rd. between Park Creek Drive and Leigh Dr. when witnesses said he veered off of the North side of the road, jumped a curb and was thrown nearly 20 ft. from his bike as it careened across the Moore’s Creek crossing.
Columbus rescue crews arrived on scene to Rea’s body resting about 15 feet from the West bank of the creek bed, nearly 60 feet from where the bike was believed to have left the road. The Honda V-Twin motorcycle was left laying on its side in the creek bed. One witness on scene who knew Rea told police he had just seen him at Huddle House on Bluecutt and Military Rd. minutes earlier, but he was unsure as to why Rea was headed West on Bluecutt.
“I would think he would be headed the other way- that’s his way home. Maybe he was trying to catch up with us or something,” the witness said.
Witnesses told police that while it seemed that Rae had been drinking when he was seen at Huddle House, they said they would not describe him as “drunk.” Family members who spent most of the afternoon with Rea said that he had not been drinking when he was with them. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant arrived shortly after 2 a.m. to examine the scene. Merchant did confirm that Rea was wearing his helmet and said toxicology tests would take several weeks to be completed.
A friend of Rea who contacted the Packet said that Rea had had some medical issues recently that he was battling, and he wanted to let readers know that Rea had developed a much stronger relationship with God over the last year,
“He was a fighter–a good man. If anyone was ready to meet the Lord, it was him”
Rea had worked as a supervisor at Tronox for the past ten years and was a member of Fig Hill Church in Amory, MS. Rea Was a graduate of Hamilton High School in Mississippi and EMCC. He was put to rest at Fig Hill Cemetery on Tuesday, March 9th and is survived by three daughters, Ashley Rea of Columbus, Jessica Rea of New Hope, Kyleigh Rea of Temple, Texas; and a son, Bradley Rea of Columbus.