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Car accidents involving prominent community members tragic

When a well-known member of an Alabama town is killed in a fatal motor vehicle collision, it usually has a long-lasting impact on the entire community. A radio engineer, known and highly respected in the industry, and his wife were both recent victims in a terrible crash. Those deemed to have caused the accident were arrested and charged with serious crimes. These types of car accidents are always tragic, especially when they may have been preventable.

It all began when two suspects were accused of stealing a car. Police pursued them and a high-speed chase ensued. When the chase reached a particular intersection, a crash between the allegedly fleeing vehicle and another sports utility vehicle in the vicinity occurred. One person said he was greatly shocked to hear of the broadcast engineer's death because he had just been with him at a Ham radio convention a couple weeks ago.

One of the men who authorities say caused the accident has been charged with murder, as well as assault and other criminal violations that include taking stolen property across state lines. The other person involved is said to have violated his probation and was also charged with theft by receiving. The first man mentioned is now awaiting extradition to Alabama.

The deceased victim's wife survived her injuries in the crash and was taken to University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital. She remains in intensive care and is listed in very serious condition. In car accidents like this one, where the at-fault vehicle was stolen, recovering victims or family members of deceased victims may face challenges when attempting to file personal injury or wrongful death claims in civil court due to uninsured coverage. An attorney can help investigate whether a victim's own homeowners or motor vehicle insurance policies provide for uninsured coverage and can assist in pursuing claims for monetary damages where appropriate.

Source:, "2 arrested, 1 dead following Saturday high-speed chase, crash in Phenix City", J.T. Fellows, June 4, 2017

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