BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman and two 8-year-old children were killed Saturday night when a van collided with the car they were traveling in.
Deputies responded to the intersection of Alabama HWY 79 and Jefferson State Parkway around 11 p.m Saturday night to investigate a report of a traffic accident with injuries.
They arrived to find a white Dodge van had collided with a red Mitsubishi.
Two of the passengers in the Mitsubishi had been ejected and were pronounced dead on the scene. A third passenger was discovered still in the backseat. He was also pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver of the Mitsubishi and another passenger suffered serious injuries and were transported to the hospital.
Authorities are not releasing information on the victims at this time.
Witnesses and evidence indicate that the van was traveling north on HWY 79 at a high rate of speed when it struck the Mitsubishi crossing the intersection.
The driver of the van, 45-year-old Lawrence Jason Bewley, was not injured.
When deputies were questioning Bewley, they discovered that he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Bewley was arrested and charged with DUI.
Bewley’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
Bewley was charged with three counts of murder. He is being held on $187,500 bond.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian says, “This will be devastating news for these families. The fact it happened a few days before Christmas makes it all the more heartbreaking if that’s possible. Our hearts and prayers are with them. This will be an incredibly sad and difficult time. God be with them.”