Man charged in fatal 2017 motorcycle wreck in Muscle Shoals

Man charged in fatal 2017 motorcycle wreck in Muscle Shoals

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) - Muscle Shoals police have arrested a man they say killed a motorcyclist last summer.

Police say Michael Dexter Franks crashed his sport utility vehicle into a motorcycle on July 21, 2017. The motorcyclist, Charles Cook, was killed.

Police say Franks was driving under the influence of illegal narcotics. He is now charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

The accident occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. that night at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 6th Street. Police say Cook was traveling south on Woodward Avenue when Franks, who was traveling north, entered the left turn lane. As the SUV turned west onto 6th Street, it collided with the motorcycle at the intersection.

Cook was pronounced dead at the scene.

Video obtained from a nearby business showed Cook had the green light.

The Muscle Shoals Police Department stated the following in a news release.

"This arrest is in connection with the tragic July 21, 2017 death of Mr. Charles Cook. Mr. Cook's death resulted from injuries sustained in a traffic collision involving the defendant who was determined to be driving under the influence of illegal narcotics.

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