Fatal hit and run remains unsolved in Lauderdale County

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State and local authorities continue to investigate a fatal hit and run on Alabama 20 in Waterloo.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT / Shoals Area Crime Stoppers) – The investigation continues into the death of an elderly woman who was struck by a vehicle last Wednesday morning in Lauderdale County.

According to law enforcement, the driver of the vehicle who struck the woman has still not been found.

Alabama State Troopers say 71-year-old Wilma Darlene Carles was crossing Alabama 20 near the Tennessee state line when she was struck by an on-coming vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies say Carles likely slipped and fell on gravel, and was on all fours when she was hit.

The incident happened just after 8 a.m. in front of D&R Hardware.

Authorities said they are not ruling out the fact that the driver may have not seen Carles, or may have even mistaken her for an animal.

With no eyewitnesses, troopers and deputies are asking for the public’s help.

Michelle Renee Taylor

Michelle Renee Taylor


Russellville police pick up this week’s Shoals Area’s Most Wanted.

First on the list, Michelle Renee Taylor is wanted by police on a grand jury indictment for criminal mischief 2nd degree.


Georgia Marie Vernon

Georgia Marie Vernon

Georgia Marie Vernon is next. She’s wanted by Russellville police on a grand jury indictment for possession of marijuana and using a false identity to obstruct justice.


Kory Mendis Suggs

Kory Mendis Suggs

Finally, Kory Mendis Suggs is wanted on a grand jury indictment for domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation and domestic violence 3rd.

The Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tip line is now open at (256)386-8685 and waiting for your tips on any of these people featured.

The call is anonymous and worth up to $1,000 in cash.

*The Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Board of Directors issued two rewards this week totaling $450. The first was a tip to Russellville police for the arrest of Lamar Phillips. A second reward was issued for helping Russellville police in locating Gary Vess, who was featured in a previous Shoals Area Crime Stoppers report.*