Alabama Crash Kills Child and Injures Others

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An Alabama man faces charges of drunken driving and vehicular homicide after police say his pickup truck hit a woman and her children as they walked along the shoulder of a road in Tuscaloosa.

Authorities say the crash Saturday killed a 7-year-old girl and injured her mother and a 2-year-old sibling, who were hospitalized.

The Birmingham News reports the unidentified woman and her children were walking along 5th Street after the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show when a GMC Sierra pickup truck struck them and kept going for 100 yards or more before the driver stopped.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office says the truck's driver, identified as Danny Ray Smith, was charged. It was not known if Smith had hired an attorney.

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  • by ed Location: butler on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:04 PM
    To say what is needed would only take away from what is needed to be done. God bless the victims.
  • by Terri Location: Tuscaloosa on Apr 1, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    The local news just said suspicion of DUI . Was he even chraged with DUI. Heard he blew 1.3
  • by Terri Location: Tuscaloosa on Apr 1, 2012 at 07:44 PM
    Money has prevented him from facing justice. Hopefully this time Tuscaloosa wont let him off as they have before . Perhaps if he had been treated as everyone else the little girl would be alive .
  • by PRAYING Location: MERIDIAN on Apr 1, 2012 at 07:21 PM
    I pray for strength for this family. Be strong and know that your daughter is a little angel now. The Lord is going to take care you and justice will be served as long as you stay in prayer. Stay strong.
  • by Angel Location: Montevallo on Apr 1, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    I know the victims in this situation. The drunk driver has had previous DUI charges but yet still has a drivers license. When told he had killed a 7 yrd old little girl he said he would make bail and be out by Monday. What is wrong with this picture ? This man has money and has "friends" is what we have been told. The mother is in critical condition and when and if she wakes up she will have to deal with this the rest of her life and this man will be alive and on the streets to run over another child and change others lives forever. Drunk drivers are lethal weapons who do not care about anyone. This family deserves justice. This man should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and lose his drivers license . Please everyone try to stay on top of this story and help to push the authorities to do something about this man being on the street to kill again. This girl should not be gone from this world . No mother should have to bury a child under this circumstance.
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