Hartford teen charged in deadly wreck may have been speeding and smoked pot
William Jackson Birdsong drove his truck into a construction zone where traffic had come to a halt, troopers claim.
GENEVA, Ala. (WTVY) -A Hartford teen may have been speeding, driving distracted, and possibly had smoked marijuana prior to causing a fatal crash, according to court documents.
William Jackson Birdsong, 18, drove his truck into a construction zone where traffic had come to a halt. His vehicle crashed into rear of a Chevrolet Impala causing that car rear-end a truck, Alabama State Troopers allege.
The June 30 crash along Alabama Highway 167 near Hartford killed 70-year-old Barbara Joyce Spears of Westville, Florida, the Impala’s driver, and seriously injured the truck’s driver.
Per a Geneva County indictment, Birdsong “did recklessly cause the death of another person by speeding and/or driving while distracted and/or driving under the influence of marijuana.”
Birdsong, charged with Manslaughter and Assault, is free on bond and awaits a November 3 arraignment.
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