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Attorney: School principal in shock when she ran from accident scene

The Alabama Highway Patrol said officers apprehended Debra Strickland about a mile away and charged her with Leaving the Scene of an Accident, a felony.
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 7:40 PM CDT
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Ozark, Ala. (WTVY) -An attorney claims Elba principal Debra Johnson Strickland ran from an accident scene because she suffered emotional shock.

“I also believe she was seeking medical attention,” David Harrison told News 4 on Monday.

The Alabama Highway Patrol said officers apprehended Strickland about a mile away and charged her with Leaving the Scene of an Accident, a felony.

An investigative report claims Strickland’s car crossed the center line of Alabama Highway 87 near Samson on Saturday and struck a SUV head-on. Three occupants of that Subaru Outback, beach bound from Kentucky, suffered undisclosed injuries.

Strickland, 38, has been placed on paid leave from her job at Elba Elementary School, pending an investigation.

There has been a plethora of Facebook comments regarding her arrest. Harrison believes some of those came from accounts created for the sole purpose of scorning Strickland.

“We need to withhold judgement and stay off Facebook making those derogatory comments and let the court system do its job,” Harrison said.

Strickland, who could face additional charges, pending toxicology reports, is held without bond in the Geneva County Jail, as of Monday night.

Harrison predicts she will be released Tuesday when he expects a judge to set bond.

Ken Curtis is a political, crime, and investigative reporter whose career began in 1969. Reach him at ken@wtvy.com

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