Notable witness offers $1,000 reward after fatal hit and run accident in North Alabama
Ardmore, AL - Around approximately 9:30 pm Tuesday night, a fatal hit and run accident occurred on interstate I-65 north just before the Alabama / Tennessee state line. A family was trapped in an SUV and one passenger was thrown from the vehicle. The passenger was found about 40 yards from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene by the Limestone county Coroner. One witness who helped on the scene is now offering a $1,000 dollar reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved.
“It all happened so fast. I pulled up about one minute after the accident and I quickly ran over to help. The mom and her kids were trapped in the SUV and they were screaming for their Grandpa. That’s when we realized that someone had been ejected from the vehicle and a bunch of us started looking around. We found an older man lying in a ditch....breathless,” says witness Jonathan Barbee.
Other witnesses on the scene stated that a newer model, black Chevrolet Silverado truck was travelling nearly 100mph when it struck the SUV causing it to flip nearly 10 times. The Silverado then lost control and spun out in the middle of the interstate. Witnesses say the truck sat there and then took off heading north on I-65 towards Tennessee.
“We quickly tried to administer CPR and a volunteer firefighter pulled up and took over. After a few minutes of CPR the man was pronounced dead and we covered him with a sheet. I watched that man take his last breath while his daughter and grandkids were trapped in the SUV helplessly watching him die. I then jumped in my car and went to help the Ardmore Police look for the creep who caused this tragedy and fled the scene, but the truck was long gone.” says Barbee.
Jonathan Barbee is most notably known for recently serving as the Interim Press Secretary for the Alabama Republican Party. Barbee was travelling to Nashville on business for his media company when he came upon the accident. According to Barbee’s Facebook status he is offering a $1,000 dollar reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who was driving the black Chevrolet Silverado which allegedly caused the accident.
The driver and other passengers in the SUV were flown by helicopter to an area hospital and are listed in critical and stable conditions. The Alabama Highway Patrol are investigating the fatal accident with the assistance of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. The family in the SUV was travelling in a caravan with friends and students from a high school swim team. There were about 7 cars in the caravan and they all witnessed the tragic accident. If you have any information regarding this fatal accident please contact the Alabama Highway Patrol or the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.
Barbee stated on his Facebook earlier this morning, “As I helped cover his lifeless body with a sheet all I could think about was how precious life is and how lucky we are to be alive.....I just can't imagine. Carry on my friends. Thank God for his blessings everyday and give an extra hug to your loved ones.”