News from West Alabama

A 15-year-old Sumter Academy High School student has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault for a recent fight at school. The student is accused of punching an 18-year-old student. Sources told Newscenter 11 that the fight resulted from an argument over a girl.

Sumter County Sheriff Johnny Hatter says it's not unusual for law enforcement to respond to such disturbances at schools.

"Usually, it's handled at the school," said Hatter. "If they see law enforcement should be contacted, they call us."

Hatter says the victim is recovering at home. The name of the teen is not being released because of his age. He's now awaiting an appearance in Sumter County juvenile court.

In other news from the area, a Livingston woman remains hospitalized in Birmingham after suffering serious injuries when hit by a car. The collision happened Saturday night while the woman was crossing Highway 11/80 near Livingston Junior High.

"We have no real clues on actually which side of the road the pedestrian came from," said Livingston Police Chief Ashley Welborn. "Right now, according to the officer working the accident, there were no witnesses to it. The driver of the vehicle says he never saw the pedestrian as she was crossing the road. There were no skid marks to show that he had time to react. She just came out of nowhere, according to him."

According to a preliminary investigation, Welborn says it appears that
neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the accident. At this time, he says charges are not expected to be filed in the case.

Around 11:00 a.m. Monday, two vehicles overturned on I-20 west, near the Gainesville/Epes exit. Troopers say a preliminary investigation shows that the two drivers lost control of the vehicles, but no one was hurt.

In an unrelated mishap, a husband and wife couple were injured in an accident around 6:00 a.m. Monday. It happened on Highway 39 in Gainesville, Alabama.

"The subject was avoiding three deer in the roadway and lost control of the vehicle and went down into a ravine and hit a bridge," said Trooper Jonathan Benison with the Alabama Highway Patrol.

Investigators say one person was seriously injured. That victim was transported to a hospital in Meridian for treatment.


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