MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police say a man on a bicycle was struck and killed near downtown Saturday, April 27.
A motorist is now in jail facing vehicular homicide and his second DUI charge.
"He ran over him like a dog, drug him right there," said a woman who witnessed the accident from nearby Ryan Park.
Police said the accident happened just before midnight. In daylight, green paint outlines the grisly scene.
Family and friends identified the victim as 59-year-old Edward Mack. He would have turned 60 on April 30.
"He has a daughter in Georgia, he's not married, and he has two grandkids," said Valerie Bradley.
A witness told FOX10 News, Mack was crossing St.Francis Street on his bike as the suspect's car sped toward Bayou Street.
"He had the light, but the dude crossing with the bicycle, when he hit him he was speeding because he hit him and rolled him on top of the hood. Like I said he rolled off the top of the hood, man, drug him up under the car to that spot where the bloods at," she said.
Even though Mack was struck within yards of Mobile's Central Fire Station, by the time police officers and paramedics reached him, it was already too late. They pronounced him dead at the scene.
Mobile Police arrested 28-year-old Alexander Graf at the scene. He's charged with vehicular homicide and DUI, his second DUI charge since 2006.
The witness said Graf called police and walked to the fire station for help.
Mack's niece, Valerie Bradley, says he bounced around from place to place and didn't have a permanent home.
"The last time we saw him was Easter, he looked happy," said Bradley.
Some residents that live near the intersection of St. Francis and Bayou Streets said it's busy and not well lit.
"It's dangerous, I mean people don't know how to drive here very well, first of all, and there are no bike lanes," said Ethan Crowell, of Mobile.
The witness said Mack was not wearing any reflective clothing nor did his bike have lights on it.
Mack's family is making arrangements for his funeral.
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