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Columbus woman tried to save soldier's life after motorcycle accident

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A Tuesday morning motorcycle crash has claimed the life of a 27-year-old Fort Benning soldier. Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton tells WRBL News 3 Zachary Alley was killed after he ran off the road and hit a utility pole on Grenada Drive.

Mary Jane Moore, who lives near the crash site, was helping her mom before she had to go to class when she saw the crash aftermath. Moore, who was the first to be by Alley's side, had brought her mother home from an appointment when they saw the damaged motorcycle in the yard.

"We came home maybe 9:30 or 9:40. We saw a bike lying right here where the orange is. I was like: 'what the heck just happened?,” Moore said.

They both began following the debris to the other side of the yard. Moore was on the phone with 911 when her mother Lisa Glass spotted the soldier.

"Probably when I got here, I saw his body laying there. At first, we couldn't see his body at all,” Glass said.

When Glass saw his body, she yelled back to her daughter, asking her to relay a message to the 911 operator.

"That's when I told her, I yelled for her to tell them to send an ambulance and fire truck. We didn't know how bad he was hurt,” said Glass.

Moore relayed the message as she ran over to the soldier's body. He was face down.

"He was laying right here. I kneeled down right here beside him. All of identification was beside him,” said Moore.

911 asked her if she wanted to help. Moore said she did, and she mentioned she is CPR certified. The operator told her to flip his body over.

"When I flipped him over on his back, he was pale white. That right there didn't seem right with me. I wasn't sure if he had passed right then or not. His right eye was half open and his left eye was completely closed,” said Moore.

She could not get his helmet off, so she started doing compressions. Shortly afterwards, the first police officer arrived to help. After that, paramedics came and loaded him into the ambulance. After they left, Moore heard an encouraging message from the ambulance to the officer.

"They radioed to the police officer saying he did become responsive, which was great news. He didn't know what happened or where he was,” Moore said. “Then, I got a text from my pastor around 12:55 saying he passed away."

She was in class at Columbus Tech when she got that text message. She says she has thought about her morning ever since. Many of her friends are calling her a hero.

"People say I am a hero. I don't see it. I just see it as I helped somebody. His thanks he gave to me was the uniform he was wearing. He did serve this country. I just wish there was more I could have done to save his life,” Moore said.

Moore's mother disagrees. She saw it all happen. She says she is proud of her daughter.

"But, M.J. did everything that she could do. She is a real hero of the day even though she doesn't think so,” said Glass before she kissed her daughter on the cheek.

Both of Moore’s parents served in the military. She says it would have been difficult to see anyone lying on the around after the accident, but it was even more emotional for her because he was wearing his fatigues.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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