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Driver Facing Charges in Crash that Killed Student from Buckhorn High

January 16, 2019

MADISON COUNTY, AL- According to, a driver who caused a fatal crash on December 18, 2018, is facing charges including fleeing the scene of a crash and driving under the influence of drugs. The suspect, Joshua Michael Getzinger, 45, is facing felony charges and is being held without bail at the Madison County jail.*

The crash involved three-vehicles which collided at a little before 5 in the evening. Jordan Ann Collier, 18, was killed in the crash. 

Collier was driving southbound on Maysville road when the suspect veered across the roadway’s center line and into Collier’s lane. The suspect’s Jeep collided with the student’s Chevy Cavalier causing her vehicle to spin out and travel into the northbound lanes where she struck a Ford truck. 

Following the collision, Getzinger attempted to run away from the scene. A passenger in the suspect’s vehicle told officers that Getzinger took pain pills and drank several beers. Officers believe that Getzinger was under the influence when he drove into the victim’s lane. 

Getzinger was not caught until several days after the collision when officers tracked him down in Tennessee. The suspect may not face charges for driving under the influence because the drugs and alcohol because he was caught so long after the crash making any toxicology tests useless. 

Fleeing the scene of a fatal crash isa felony. If convicted, Getzinger could face a maximum of ten years in prison.

Collier was a student at Buckhorn High School where she was a cheerleader and basketball player. The student was a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps officer who had joined the U.S. Army Reserve. She was also a volunteer firefighter. 

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