Alabama motorcyclist killed in DUI accident ‘only loved’


The excitement over his life, military service and motorcycles was remembered on Monday as a 2019 Harley-Davidson was killed when a motorcycle officer struck his 2019 Harley-Davidson.

The accident occurred when 53-year-old James Ben Crowley was traveling northbound on U.S. 31 in front of Calhoun Community College around 7pm on Saturday, troopers said. He had died on the spot.

“He just loved people. He always gave us hugs,” said Jon Green, manager of the Crowley Technician’s Natchez Trace Harley-Davidson office in Tuscumbia.

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta was run by Amanda Lean Asuncion, 37, of Meridianville, according to a news release from Troopers and an affidavit filed in the Limestone County District by “turning south on the northbound lane and hitting Crowley.” Court by Trooper Brandon Colburn. Asuncion, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested on the spot and later charged with DUI and manslaughter.

She was released from the Limestone County Jail on Sunday after posting $ 102,500 bail. District Judge Matthew Huggins has scheduled a hearing for Asuncion’s plea to leave the state Dec. 2-7 to attend a wedding in California while he is on bail.

Crowley’s colleagues were still dealing with the shock of Monday’s death. The accident happened on Saturday while he was on his way home from work.

“He’s the best,” Green said. “They were very safety-conscious and all wanted to be safe. If you come in and you need an oil change but it seems to be popping because your tire is so thin, they’ll tell you that you need a new tire.

Green said the company hired Crowley as a technician in August 2016, having previously worked at other Harley-Davidson dealerships.

“Motorcycle was his life. They were his passion,” he said. “He constantly studied them and wanted to learn everything about them.”

Whatever the situation, Crowley put consumers first.

“Technicians don’t talk to customers all the time, but if they think they need to talk to customers who don’t listen to service writers about something, they talk to them,” Green said. “They would get out of the back and show them what was wrong with their bike.”

Crowley, known by his family, friends and co-workers as a scooter, loved to fish in the Tennessee River and attend wrestling matches with his wife, Starr, at the Brass Monkey Bar in Florence.

Jim Bob Kern, another technician with Natchez Trace Harley-Davidson, and he and Crowley spent their holidays fishing on the banks of the Wheeler Dam.

“He and I were always going to take off and go fishing,” Kern said. “That was our best thing. When we were away from motorcycles for a while, we went fishing and we did a lot of fishing.”

The crash motorcycle was purchased by Crowley a few days ago on November 15, Kern said.

“They had a 1999 Heritage Softball Fatboy and they put about 100,000 miles on it,” Kern said. “He and his wife wanted something more comfortable to ride so he bought the 2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide, which is one of the bikes we have here. He and Starr (his wife) are planning to go out and travel more this summer.

Kern said Crowley also served his country.

“I know he served in the Navy during Desert Storm,” Kern said. “He’s a good family man, a good father and grandfather. I know he has a son who lives in Minnesota, where (Crowley) is originally from.

When Kern and his colleagues finished their shifts at 6pm on Saturday evening, Crowley remembered telling them to drive home carefully and that he was the only one to ride his bike to work that day.

“It was cold that day. I remember the scooter put on his bike that afternoon, ”Kern said. “The place he wrecked was very close to his home.”

Will Fretwell, a salesman for Natchez Trace Harley-Davidson and owner of Brass Monkey Wrestling, said Crowley was one of the biggest fans to show up at wrestling shows every weekend.

“He and his wife Star actually spent their 27th wedding anniversary here a few months ago,” Fretwell said. “We brought them to the ring and celebrated their anniversary.”

Fretwell laughed, remembering that Crowley was animated while watching matches.

“Oh Lord, the scooter and his facial expressions,” Fretwell said. “If someone takes a big bump in the ring, you can see him shrink or jump. If someone gives his opponent a big chop, he’ll hold his chest. It was amazing. “

Fretwell remembered Crowley’s last day happily and positively.

“The whole day they were laughing and cutting,” Fretwell said. “I remember the last time I saw him, he was riding his bike to get out and I saw him and he said, ‘Hey, beware’ and he said, ‘I’m always there.’

—Wesley.tomlinson@LBL or 256-340-2438.

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