Alabama authorities have more information about the hit-and-run accident that left one dead and three injured on Interstate 65 on June 18. The Alabama State Troopers say they have new evidence and believe that the vehicle that left the scene of the fatal accident was a dark-colored 1998 to 2004 model Ford F-150 pickup truck.
The survivors of the accident, in which the pickup struck an SUV near the Alabama Welcome Center before speeding off, were all females. They included the 44-year-old driver from Fayetteville, a 12-year-old and a 72-year-old. A MedFlight helicopter transported one of the victims to the hospital. State troopers closed all lanes of traffic to allow the helicopter to land safely. A 69-year-old passenger from Tennessee thrown from the SUV died at the scene, and a man who stopped to help said the Tennessee man's daughter and grandchild were trapped inside the SUV.
The man who stopped to help reportedly got back into his car and drove ahead to see if the driver who caused the accident had stopped along the interstate. State troopers asked the public for help to find the driver of the pickup truck that sped away from the crash scene. They say that someone might have an acquaintance or neighbor who owns a truck similar to that one, and they have also asked automotive body repair shops to let them know if someone brings in a similar truck for repairs. The man who tried to help has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
People who lose a loved one in a fatal accident might have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer may help grieving family members understand and consider their legal options for possibly holding the negligent party accountable for their loss.
Source: WHNT19, "Witness Offers Reward for Arrest in Deadly Hit-and-Run on I-65", Drew Galloway and Al Whitaker, June 18, 2013