Alabama Motorcycle Tragedy: Ozark Man Hit While Near Disabled Motorcycle 


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GENEVA COUNTY, AL – A heart-wrenching incident unfolded on Sunday, Oct. 1, as a tragic motorcycle crash claimed the life of an Ozark man. 

According to police reports the crash occurred at approximately 5:55 a.m. on Alabama 123, near the 8-mile marker, about four miles north of Hartford. Wade Alan Hartzog, 66, was standing near his disabled 2009 Yamaha XVS650, a prized possession, when disaster struck. He was struck by a 2006 Nissan Frontier driven by Richard Leroy Popp, 70, of Hartford.

The impact of the crash was fatal, and Hartzog was pronounced deceased at the scene. This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of motorcyclists on the road, even when stationary.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. At this time, the community remains on edge, eagerly awaiting answers.


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