A Taft man was killed Thursday morning as he was preparing to unload his 18-wheeler of sod in front of a Huntsville, Ala., business.
David Harold Gentry, 55, was a native of Bloomington, Ill., and had only moved to Taft three months ago, according to Huntsville’s Berryhill Funeral Home, which is assisting the family.
Police said Gentry had parked his semi-tractor trailer in front of the Dynetics construction site at Explorer Boulevard and Mark C. Smith Drive in Cummings Research Park and was about to unload sod from his vehicle when a Jeep Cherokee struck him. The accident occurred just after 6 a.m.
The driver of the Jeep told police she had looked down and her vehicle drifted into the lane where Gentry was standing, authorities said. No charges had been filed as of Thursday afternoon, but the accident remained under investigation.
Gentry was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served our country for eight years.
He is survived by his wife, Crystal S. Gentry; five children, Stephanie Harris, Anthony Gentry, Benjamin Gentry, Cassandra Wilson (Logan Ehmen), and Timothy Benningfield; parents, Bentley and Ruth W. Gentry; brother, Darrell Gentry (Pam); sister, Cathy Kobylarz (Mike); and eight grandchildren, Kiaucia Harris, DeQuan Harris, Brynlee Gentry, Aubrie Gentry, Bentley Gentry, Cambrie Gentry, Kellen Eisenmenger, and Chase Wilson.
A memorial service is expected to be held at a later date in Illinois.