Fayetteville man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2015 fatal drunk driving wreck

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Christopher Ross (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A Fayetteville man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the 2015 wreck that killed 19-year-old Toniette Katherine Piccinich.

Court records show that 20-year-old Christopher Ross, who was 19 at the time of the fatal crash, entered a guilty plea to charges of manslaughter, assault and leaving the scene of an accident on Monday.

"Toni" Piccinich, 19 (Nonda Brooks)

“Toni” Piccinich, 19 (Nonda Brooks)

The crash happened in May of 2015 at the intersection of Highway 53 and Mastin Lake Road in Huntsville. Officers said Ross was speeding west on Mastin Lake when he ran a red light hitting Piccinich’s car. The force of the impact caused her car to hit another vehicle that was stopped at a red light. The passenger in the third car was taken to Huntsville Hospital at that time with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Ross tried to run from the scene, but witnesses were able to catch him until police could take him into custody.

Court documents show that Ross’s blood alcohol content level that night was .14, nearly twice the legal limit for a person 21 years old or older and seven times the legal limit for an underage drinker.

Ross’s mother told WHNT News 19 that “he didn’t remember driving, he didn’t remember hitting the car.”

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 5 in a Madison County courtroom.