An illegal left turn has forever changed the life of a Middle Tennessee family.
Larry "Catfish" Aldrich was riding his 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle Saturday afternoon after helping a dying friend with a household chore.
But everything changed in an instant when a pickup truck slammed into Aldrich's motorcycle on Charlotte Pike in west Nashville around 12:30 p.m.
Aldrich, 54, originally came to Tennessee from Illinois. The Chicago native would settle in Pegram and find romance and a new family.
Then, just over a month ago, Aldrich got the motorcycle he had longed for. The bike was a classic, and family members say "Catfish" had a lot of class, too.
Police said Aldrich was riding westbound in the 7000 block of Charlotte Pike when the truck made a left (east) turn from the driveway near a Bojangles restaurant and hit Aldrich's motorcycle.
The driver of the Dodge, Bobbie Cabknor, 60, of Wiley Street in Madison, told officers that he didn't see the motorcycle until just before the crash. There are signs at the driveway exit that say no left turns allowed.
Aldrich enjoyed four-wheeling with his grandchildren and the great outdoors, and he was enjoying a nice fall afternoon by making new memories on the motorcycle he had only owned for about a month.
Carol Singleton has been with Aldrich for nearly 30 years when she got the call that he had been hit by a truck. He died a few hours later.
"I loved him better than anything. He was good to me," Singleton said.
There were tears and laughter Monday when loved ones spoke of their "Catfish."
"I'll never forget him. He'll stay alive as long as my heart beats," said stepdaughter Tammie Whittaker.
Now, he is gone, but he leaves behind grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a big family that will miss him.
"He was a helluva person good to everybody," Singleton said.
Police said the improper turn and failure to yield by Cabknor caused the wreck. There were no indications of alcohol or drug involvement at the scene.
No charges have been filed, but the investigation is continuing.
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