Lexington Police Relaunch Wreck Investigation After GM Recall

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LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) - A national recall of the Chevrolet Cobalt has prompted authorities in Lauderdale County to re-open the investigation into a fatal wreck that happened in December.

According to investigators, the original wreck report stated the driver was distracted, but that never set well with Lexington Police.

After three months, it’s still hard for Steve Smith to pass by the site of where his daughter Aubrey Williams died.

The 32-year-old had just dropped her two kids off at school when police say her car darted into the path of an 18-wheeler.

“She was always a safe driver,” Smith said.

When General Motors issued a recall notice on the car Williams was driving, Lexington Police Chief Augie Hendershot approached Smith about re-opening the case.

“When the recall came out, it was like pulling the scab off a sore on your hand or something,” tearfully explained Smith. “It just hits you again what might have happened.”

According to Hendershot, after learning about the cars history through the family, he knew he needed to do something.

“That particular vehicle that she was driving having malfunctions as far as the electric steering, also battery issues and an ignition issue before,” stated Hendershot. “That’s when we started looking into this further.”

Chief Hendershot plans to have the remains of the burned out car examined by automotive experts to determine if an ignition malfunction caused Aubrey Williams to lose control that December morning.

The Chevrolet Cobalt’s from the 2005-07 model years are the ones that have been recalled by GM.

1 Comment

  • JA

    The recall is for electronic steering assist, also known as power steering. If it malfunctions, you will only have trouble steering at low speeds — think parking lot speeds. At even residential area speeds, it’s not difficult to steer without power steering.

    I’m not saying the recall is definitely not to blame, it just seems unlikely. I feel bad the family is having to deal with this a second time. I hope that if it is, somehow, related to the recall, they get some sort of closure and compensation.

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