John Andrew Hall

I am the only sister to John A. Hall, formerly of Columbus, Mississippi. On July 1, 2010 my brother was on his motorcycle traveling down Highway 45 North in Columbus, Ms. He’d been shopping and was going home when a drunk illegal alien, Julian A. Lopez, turned in front of him killing him instantly. Lopez was given a breathalizer test at the scene, which gave a reading of .227%. Mississippi’s legal limit is .08%. Lopez suffered no injuries and was arrested for felony manslaughter and misdemeanor charges for no drivers liscense or insurance. It is rumored that this man killed a person in a similar accident in Texas, was deported, and then returned to the U.S. Now he has killed again. Please, in honor of my brother, John Hall, his 3 minor children, my parents, and myself, help us to show that my brother is not just a number on some docket in court. He was a loving father, brother, son, dependable coworker, trusted friend, and the love of someone’s life. My brother’s death could have been prevented. Please help us in our 3 fold cause for awareness of motorcycles while traveling, informing others of the growing problems our country has as the number of illegal aliens continues to rise, and what can happen when you drink and drive. The story of my brother’s accident was covered briefly in the Columbus Packet newspaper and the Columbus Dispatch newspaper. —————————————————————– A Columbus man was killed Thursday evening when a drunk driver struck his motorcycle on Highway 45 North, police said. John Andrew Hall, 38, of 3174 Highway 45 North in Columbus, was driving north on Highway 45 at the 31st Avenue intersection around 6:30 p.m. when Julian Alvarez Lopez, 34, of 2306 Bittersweet Drive in Columbus, who was southbound on Highway 45, turned left onto 31st Avenue and into Hall’s path. Hall’s motorcycle struck Lopez’s 2004 Dodge Stratus, causing Hall major head and chest trauma which resulted in his death. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Hall was wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Lopez was administered a Breathalyzer test at the scene of the accident and registered a .227 percent breath content, according to Columbus Police Lt. Terrie Songer. Mississippi’s legal limit is .08 percent. Police said Lopez refused further breath tests. Police sent a blood sample to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson for testing. Lopez suffered no injuries, police said. Lopez was arrested for felony vehicular manslaughter, and misdemeanor charges of driving with no license and no insurance. Bond for Lopez, who was still in custody this morning, has not yet been set.