Man killed on bicycle towed by lawn mower, Alabama state troopers say

Published 10:18 pm Saturday, September 23, 2023

An Alabama man riding on a bicycle being pulled by a lawn mower was killed Saturday after the bicycle struck a car, state troopers said.

The multi-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m. Saturday, and claimed the life of a New Market man.

Jerry W. Hillis, 41, was fatally injured when the Mongoose Rebel bicycle he was operating was struck by the 2003 Chevrolet Impala driven by John A. Corn, 57, of Huntsville.

The bicycle Hillis was operating was being towed by a Cub Cadet Super LT 1554 riding lawn mower driven by Samuel N. Bratcher, 48, of New Market. The mower was also struck by the Impala.

Hillis was thrown from the bicycle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Bratcher was transported to Huntsville Hospital for medical treatment.

The crash occurred on Arnold Road near Prospect Road, approximately 5 miles east of Hazel Green, in Madison County.