Traffic homicide investigation underway after husband, wife killed in Highway 280 crash

Source: family friend. Photo circa 1996.

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A husband and wife were killed in a crash Thursday on Highway 280 near the Chelsea Walmart.

Troopers say two people died and two were injured in the wreck.81-year-old John Alexander of Sterrett and his wife 74-year-old Carolyn Alexander were killed when their 2007 Toyota Corolla was struck by a 2010 Ford F-250, troopers say. John Alexander was driving. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. His wife was taken to UAB Hospital, where she later died.

65-year-old Frederick Reid Tatum of Birmingham and Lizabeth Lee Crawford, 42, of Harpersville were injured. The reported driver of the F-250, Donald Hardin, 68, of Bessemer, was uninjured according to troopers.

Friday, Trooper Chuck Daniel told CBS42 that Hardin failed to yield at the red light on 280 westbound, as the Corolla driven by John Alexander crossed the intersection with a green light. A traffic homicide investigation will now be underway. Daniel said based on the information from the investigation it will handed over the Shelby county District Attorney’s office for any possible charges.

John and Carolyn Alexander were members of the Davis Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. John was a deacon there for 50 years and his wife played the piano.

Lee Wilson who works at Sonic witnessed the crash scene.

“I saw a car that was covered with a tarp, all the traffic was stopped. There were probably 10 or 11 cops,” said Wilson.

Wilson said this isn’t the only time he’s seen a crash scene in this area.

“That’s the second wreck I have personally seen in a month, someone told me there was wreck last Monday,” said Wilson.

The speed limit going through the intersection is 50. John Beasley said many motorists are not following the law.

“They are going way over the speed limit of what they need to be doing,” said Beasley.

Some call the intersection at 280 near the Walmart dangerous.

“Even if you are the best driver in the world there is someone else that’s not paying attention,” said Wilson.

“Its dangerous people are not paying attention and pull out in front of somebody,” said Beasley.


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