“You can hear a smile in a voice” Friends Remember Dawn Trousdale

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens Police have released the identity of the woman killed in a wreck on Highway 72 on July 13. Investigators say Dawn Whitt Trousdale, 45, of Rogersville died.

Dawn Trousdale was a dispatcher for Handi-Ride. "She was the voice that drivers heard over the radio when they were being sent to pick up people," said Beverly Lowe.

Dawn was there for people who needed to get to doctor's appointments and for those with special needs who need transportation.

"In dispatch they're in a room with a radio all day. Our department is very sad. It was a hard day yesterday," said Lowe.

That's because Dawn's voice wasn't on the other end. "Those bus drivers, those Handi-Ride drivers that are missing her voice."

The trait Beverly Lowe says she`ll miss the most? "She had a beautiful smile, that's what I think about when I think about Dawn.

Lowe says that voice, was one that could get those drivers through difficult days. "You know, you can hear a smile in a voice."

Officers were called to the wreck on Highway 72 at Lucas Ferry Road around 8:00 a.m. on July 13.  They arrived to find bystanders attempting to get Trousdale out of her Jeep Wrangler because there was a fire in back of the vehicle.

Athens Fire & Rescue got the fire out and got Trousdale out of the vehicle. Paramedics treated her until Huntsville Med-Flight arrived to fly her to Huntsville Hospital. Trousdale died from her injuries.

The wreck involved the Jeep Trousdale was driving and a tractor-trailer truck. Witnesses told investigators the two vehicles were traveling east on Highway 72 when the Jeep stopped for the traffic light. They say the driver of the truck hit the back of the vehicle.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson says the investigation into the wreck is ongoing. He anticipates the case being sent to the District Attorney's office with a recommendation it be presented to a future grand jury.