Family remembers young father killed in motorcycle crash

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 06/16 2014 08:19PM

Updated 06/16 2014 09:38PM

A Blanchard family is remembering their loved one who was killed in a motorcycle crash just hours before he celebrated his first Father's Day.

"I don't have my best friend, I don't have my husband anymore," said Aimee Hall. The couple married in March of 2013. They met at church. 

Derrick Hall family said he had dreams of becoming a pilot.

"Anything that went, he liked it-cars, motorcycles, planes. He liked to work on things. Anything he could take a part and put back together, that was his thing, " said Aimee Hall.

Investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash. They said it happened when Hall was traveling southbound on Clyde Fant Parkway, and a Hyundai Accent entered his path from Shreveport-Barksdale Highway, attempting to enter the parkway.

"I've been riding over ten years and that intersection is very dangerous," said Phillip Durden.  "A lot of people come on Barksdale Highway and there's a stop sign there but most people just yield."

The accent was driven by Janee Clay, 24, of Shreveport. Investigators said Hall crashed into the driver's door of the Accent, and was pronounced dead on scene.

Hall's father, Freddie, said his son loved riding motorcycles, despite him telling him to leave the bikes alone.

"I'm going to miss my son because Derrick was my friend, my baby, my everything. Every time he got on that bike, it bothered me as a parent," said Freddie Hall. 

"His biggest fear was his dad. His dad really didn't want him to have the bike so he was doing everything he could to master riding," said Durden. "He was taking different classes to get the respect of his people that he could handle the bike." 

According to Hall's brother, Freddie Russell, Hall had just completed a motorcycle riding class in Texas last week.  

"He rode the motorcycle everyday. He was going through the process of becoming a track racer. He made it up to level 2. He was fascinated by motorcycles and the speed from them," said Russell. 

The crash is still under investigation. Clay was sent to the hospital for routine toxicology tests. 

The Block Abuse Motorcycle Club is holding a vigil in Derrick's honor, Thursday, June 19, at 9:00 p.m. on Clyde Fant near where the accident happened. They are also hoping to hold a fundraiser for his son Nolan this weekend. Funeral arrangements are pending. We will keep you updated on this story. 


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