UPDATE: State Troopers Release More Details on Deadly Hit-and-Run on I-65
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Troopers have released more detailed information about the truck they say left the scene of the deadly wreck Tuesday night. They say new evidence shows the vehicle may be a 1998-2004 model Ford F-150 heritage pickup that is dark in color.
Troopers say the driver may take the truck to an automotive body repair shop. Or, citizens might know a neighbor or acquaintance who has a similar truck to the one in question that may now be covered or missing. Please call Alabama State Troopers if you have any information about this vehicle. You can dial *HP on your cell phone or call the Decatur State Trooper Post at (256) 353-0631.
The wreck, almost directly across from the Alabama Welcome Center at mile marker 363, left one person dead and three others injured. Meanwhile, the search continues for the driver who caused the fatal crash and then reportedly sped away.
Troopers tell WHNT News 19 69-year-old James Shaddy, of Petersburg, Tennessee, a passenger who was thrown from the vehicle during the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 44-year-old Jane Osgood, of Fayetteville, and passengers 10-year-old Grace Osgood, and 72-year-old Mary Beck, were all rushed to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
A samaritan who stopped to help the injured after the crash is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who caused the wreck. Jonathan Barbee tells WHNT News 19 he was traveling north on the interstate and came upon the crash just moments after it happened. Barbee says he and others tried to revive Shaddy but could not find a pulse.
“I watched that man take his last breath while his daughter and grandkids were trapped in the SUV watching him die,” Barbee said. He jumped back in his car and drove ahead to see if the person who caused the wreck might have stopped on the interstate.
State Troopers closed both the north and southbound lanes as a precaution while a MedFlight helicopter landed at the scene. One of the victims was flown to Huntsville Hospital. Northbound traffic was later reduced to one lane while troopers conducted their investigation.
WHNT News 19 has learned the SUV was one in a caravan of vehicles traveling back to Tennessee following a high school swim match.