Driver Charged With Manslaughter in Deadly Crash

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama state troopers say an Auburn man accused of causing a head-on crash that killed an off-duty Opelika police officer faces a manslaughter charge.

Corporal John William Belk Jr. died in Sunday's collision on Sand Hill Road in Auburn.

Trooper Lt. James Patterson said Monday that 31-year-old Jimmy Vickerstaff Jr. was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

He remains jailed without bond. No charges were immediately filed against the passenger in Vickerstaff's vehicle.

Investigators declined to say if alcohol played a role or why the men ran from the scene.

Opelika Police Chief Tommy Manghum said Belk was a 13-year police veteran. He is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 6 and 10.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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