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Police investigating deadly hit-and-run in Butler

Victim was leaving a local business when she was killed
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 10:02 AM CST
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BUTLER, Ala. (WTOK) - The Butler Police Department is investigating a deadly hit-and-run that happened Tuesday evening.

“She loved life. She loved her grandkids beyond. You couldn’t have been around a better person than Marie,” friend and owner of K.K.’s Thrift Shop Kaye Stafford said.

Friends of Marie Ward are in shock after the 69 year old was hit by a car and killed.

“I’m just sick. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it,” friend Sharon Jimerson said. “She just loved family and tried every day to be happy.”

It happened right here around 6:55 Tuesday evening near the intersection of Highway 10 and Highway 17.

“She had been shopping at the Verizon store,” Butler Police Chief Jimmy Huckeba said. “She came out, entered the crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle.”

The driver has been identified as Justin David Adams. Police say he hit Ward did not stop and left the scene.

“She was transported to Choctaw General Hospital where a short time later she was pronounced deceased,” Huckeba said.

Butler police tirelessly searched for Adams and were able to make an arrest about eight hours later.

Ward liked to spend her time volunteering at K.K.’s Thrift Shop. She was always on a mission and believed in making sure everything was ready for the next day.

“You never had dull moments with her. I thought the world of her,” longtime friend Louise Mazingo said. “She came here to work with Kaye. I came in to see her a lot of times. She was a wonderful person.”

Ward loved sifting through new donations. She also loved this purple Christmas tree that sits in the window.

“She said, ‘butterflies represent my life. I’m just free flowing,” Stafford explained.

“I am just very sorry this has happened to her. I think the world of her and I will never forget her,” Mazingo said.

Justin David Adams has been arrested and charged with one count of vehicular homicide and one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. He has a total bond of $90,000 and has been booked into the Washington County, Ala. Jail.

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