Father, Daughter Killed In Lawrence County Crash

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.

9 comments

  • Nuclear Mike

    so very very sad…it only takes a moment for such an accident to rob any of us of our lives & health…please be so very careful out there on the roads…

  • Skillpot

    Yes, yes, a sad story, and I hope the father had made the Right Choice! The daughter, at the age of 11 is covered by the Right Choice mode, as I understand! Again, we never know when God is going to punch our ticket that He holds! I hope my message reaches many who have not made the choice!

  • GKF

    God bless their family and the truck driver. Uncle mike has done so much for our country and his family being without him while he was in Afghanistan. Such a very sad day. Ms mcCurdy’s second grade class should be proud, they brought him so much joy to his life.

  • Sue

    Really sad! My prayers go out to their family and friends. Sounds like there was such love and respect between him and the children at the school. Tragic for him and his young daughter! May they rest in peace!

  • Devin Palmer

    I her friend I will miss you a lot its weary sad I will always remember you in my heart its not gonna be fun in Danville without yu

  • Stacey Haggermaker Garrett

    I knew mike when he was younger. His family lived next door to me and my family. He will be forever missed by friends and family. I’m sorry to say that I did not know Sierra but knowing the kind of man mike was I’m sure she was a wonderful girl. Bless his family in this time of need. I know they were and still are a very close family.

  • Angelia Greenhaw Canionero

    So sorry for this tragedy. I just hope the family knows they are in my thoughts at this time. God bless you all.

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