Jefferson County Coroner seeking next of kin after two weekend traffic fatalities

Jefferson County, Ala. Seal
Jefferson County, Ala. Seal

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s office is searching for the next of kin in two cases of people killed in traffic fatalities this past weekend, according to a release from the office.

The first listed case is Gary Wayne Zarse, 54, a white male whom was killed on the evening of Oct. 18 when he was struck by a vehicle as he walked across Red Mountain Expressway. Zarse is believed to have been originally from Indiana, but was currently homeless and living in Birmingham.

Zarse’s family is believed to be living in the area around the Lafayette, West Lafayette and Logansport, Indiana areas. All efforts to reach the family have failed.

The other case is Jeremy Wayne Anderson, 42, a black male that was killed on Oct. 21 when the vehicle he was driving flipped into a used car lot on the 7700 block of 1st Avenue North in Birmingham. Anderson is believed to be from the Eastlake area of Birmingham, and was reportedly released from prison in September of this year.

The vehicle he was driving is registered to Diana Preston, who was listed as his emergency contact with the Alabama Department of Corrections. Preston is believed to be Anderson’s sister, and is reported as living in Eastlake. Police have been unable to reach his family.

The coroner’s office is requesting that family, or anyone that knows their family, contact the office at (205) 930-3603.

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