LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala (WHNT) – Two people died in a wreck near Moulton Friday morning. A man driving his daughter to school apparently pulled into the path of a coal truck. It happened on Alabama Highway 24 at the intersection of County Road 217. 39-year old Michael Serda died on the way to the hospital. His 11-year old daughter, Sierra, a student at Danville Middle School, was pronounced dead at the scene. Their tragic deaths will touch many lives.
Last year, Pamela McCurdy’s second grade class at Sparkman School adopted Specialist Michael Serda as “their” soldier. Serda was stationed in afghanistan.
“We decided to start doing care packages, to let him know that we were thinking of him,” McCurdy told WHNT News 19. The students would write and send drawings and Uncle Mike, as they came to know him, would always write back.
“He would address each question that one of the kids, he would comment to them about something they had asked him. He included all the kids when he corresponded,” McCurdy said.
Serda was home in October and came by the school for a surprise visit.
“He surprised them, they were so excited to see Uncle Mike. It was the first time they’d ever got to meet him, and they actually presented him with a plaque. It was just a very special occasion. And then we left the classroom and went out to the flagpole and released balloons,” explained Morgan County Schools Superintendent Bill Hopkins, who took part in the October event at Sparkman School.
His military service behind him, Uncle Mike was settling back into a regular. In fact, he was working toward becoming a Decatur Police Officer. But tragedy intervened Friday morning at an intersection where others have perished. Michael Serda and his daughter Sierra, were both killed.
Alabama State Troopers are conducting a traffic homicide investigation of the accident, as is customary after fatal accidents. But officers at the scene this morning say it appears Serda’s truck drove into the path of the 18-wheeler.
Hopkins tells us that neither Sierra’s classmates at Danville, nor the students at Sparkman School were advised of the deaths today. Notices were being sent to parents this afternoon with the expectation the children would learn of the accident over the weekend. Hopkins says counselors will be available at both schools on Monday.