Daphne Police have arrested a Mobile woman in connection to a crash that killed a Mississippi man on Interstate 10 Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Police said the woman was so impaired that she thought she was headed to Gulfport, Mississippi, but she was driving towards Florida.
The accident happened on eastbound I-10, just east of the Daphne exit Wednesday afternoon. Police said a Nissan Titan driven by 24-year-old Printess Reese ran into the rear of the trike 70-year-old Phillip Alldread was riding. The impact caused Alldread to lose control, leaving the road. The trike flipped over, killing Alldread. Word of his death spread quickly through his home, near Grenada, Mississippi.
“Wednesday night, that’s a church night for a lot of people in this small community so the churches, they were talking and the social media, word got around that,” said Reggie Ross, editor and reporter for the Grenada Star. “Just heartfelt sympathy around the entire town.”
Alldread was a retired factory worker, was well-liked and outspoken on motorcycle awareness. He served as treasurer for his chapter of MAC (Motorcycle Awareness Campaign) and was on his way to Panama City for a rally when he died. He was also very involved in putting on a youth, summer fun day each year which is scheduled for June.
“He was very instrumental in that kids’ fun day and just to have that next month and not see him there, that’s…that’s going to be tough,” Ross explained.
Police said Printess Reese was impaired and told investigators she’d taken prescription pain pills. Reese was arrested and is charged with manslaughter, DUI with a controlled substance and obstructing justice by false identification. Investigators said she’s also on probation for charges out of Louisiana.
“She indicated to us that she was headed to Mississippi from her residence in Mobile and it was brought to her attention that she was actually going east and heading toward Pensacola,” explained Sgt. Jason Vannoy with Daphne Police. “She said she didn’t realize that she was going the wrong way until she saw the road sign for the distance to Pensacola.”
Police said they received a call from a motorist on the Bayway just moments before the crash who reported the truck Reese was driving having nearly run her off the road. Reese will be booked into the Baldwin County Jail Friday morning, May 3, 2019 after which she’ll have a bond hearing.