Teenager Charged as Adult in Case of Fatal Vehicle Accident in Auburn, Alabama
AUBURN, AL. – According to a news report posted online at wrbl.com, a teenager has been charged as an adult in the case of a fatal vehicle accident that occurred in Auburn, Alabama. The news report indicates the teenager rear-ended another vehicle while traveling well above the speed limit, tragically killing the two people in the other vehicle.*
The accident occurred in the spring on Shug Jordan Parkway in Auburn. Authorities and WRBL report that a 2011 Jeep Laredo was traveling south on Shug Jordan Parkway, approaching the intersection with W. Samford Avenue.
At the intersection, another vehicle was stopped at the traffic light, and the Jeep crashed into the back of it at a high rate of speed. Upon impact, the Jeep crashed into a crossing signal and a traffic light. The other vehicle traveled through the intersection and into the northbound lanes of travel before stopping on a curb.
WRBL reports that a husband and wife were in the second vehicle, and both sustained serious injuries. WRBL states the wife tragically died at East Alabama Medical Center, and the husband tragically died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The husband was reportedly a sports announcer for the Auburn Tigers.
At the time of the accident, the driver of the Jeep, identified as a 16-year-old male, told officers that he had fallen asleep at the wheel. WRBL reports that subsequent investigation of the wreck revealed that the teen had been traveling 36 mph above the speed limit of 55 mph and was accelerating from 89 mph to 91 mph at the time the crash took place. He was recently placed under arrest and charged as an adult with two counts of felony manslaughter.
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