LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - Tuesday afternoon, Madison Police officials released more information and dashboard camera footage of the events leading to a wreck that killed four people on March 1.
Alabama State Troopers said a large SUV driven by Terrance Walker, 40, of Huntsville, hit a smaller SUV carrying three people around 3:13 a.m. on March 1. Yoneko Cain, 31 of Athens, Mario Sledge, 26, of Athens, and Larneal McDonald, 29, of Belle Mina were killed in the wreck. Walker also died.
Tuesday, Madison Police said the incident started as a general call for trouble at the Hunters Chase Apartments to Madison Police in the early morning of March 1. While officers were on the way, it was upgraded to domestic violence call.
Within a few moments, a Madison officer located a car matching a description given by the caller, a grey Yukon. The officer turned around and attempted to catch up to the Yukon.
According to Madison Police, a Limestone County deputy had started chasing the Yukon. It's unknown how or why the Limestone deputy was chasing the car. Madison Police said the Limestone County Sheriff's Office wasn't alerted to the situation. The Madison officer tried to catch up to the chase.
The dashboard camera footage shows the point of view of the Madison officer with the Limestone County deputy in front. The Madison officer never caught up to the chase.
In the footage, you can see a power-flash from a transformer damaged in the crash. Seconds later, the Madison officer pulled up to the wreck at the intersection of U.S. 72 and Burgreen Road.
An internal investigation by the Madison Police Department determined there were no policy violations on the Madison officer’s part. The officer is cleared of any wrongdoing by Madison Police. The officer's identity was not released.
WHNT News 19 reached out to Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely who said his office would not be available for comment Tuesday, but would be able to meet to talk about the situation with us on Wednesday.
The state is doing an independent investigation into the cause of the crash.