Rodney Hutton, 30, Jalesa Kiara Merritt, 22, and Jhayden Pippen, 3, killed in high-speed crash on County Road 231 near Eutaw, Alabama

Modified Date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016 - 6:14am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Troopers: 2 killed in Green Co. drag racing crash

Two people died and an undetermined number of people suffered injuries in a crash during a drag race Saturday evening, according to ALEA State Trooper Reginal King. King says the crash occurred on County Road 231 near Eutaw at 6 p.m. WBRC has a crew headed to the scene. Follow Kelvin Reynolds on Twitter at @Fox6Kelvin

Troopers: 2 adults, 1 toddler killed in Greene Co. drag racing crash

Two adults and a toddler died and nine people suffered injuries in a crash during a drag race Saturday evening, according to ALEA State Trooper Reginal King. King says the crash occurred on County Road 231 near Eutaw at 5:30 p.m. The nine survivors were transported to the Green County Hospital in Eutaw, DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, DCH in Northport and Children's of Alabama in Birmingham. Trooper Kind says the deceased were 3, 22, and 30 years old. No arrests have been made.

Greene County drag racing crash kills 3, including child

A street drag racer crashed into a crowd Saturday night in Greene County, killing three people, including a child, state police say. State troopers say the crash happened outside a church on County Road 231 near Eutaw. Among the dead are a 3-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man. Troopers say at least seven others were injured and are being treated at DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa and Children's of Alabama in Birmingham. The driver of the car involved in the crash was not in police custody Saturday night.

Troopers: 2 adults, 1 toddler killed in Greene Co. drag racing crash

Two adults and a toddler died and nine people suffered injuries in a crash during a drag race Saturday evening, according to ALEA State Trooper Reginal King. King says the crash occurred on County Road 231 near Eutaw at 5:30 p.m. The nine survivors were transported to the Green County Hospital in Eutaw, DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, DCH in Northport and Children's of Alabama in Birmingham. Trooper Kind says the deceased were 3, 22, and 30 years old. No arrests have been made.

Troopers identify 2 adults, 1 toddler killed in Greene Co. street racing crash

Two adults and a toddler died and nine people suffered injuries in a crash during a street race Saturday evening, according to ALEA State Trooper Reginal King. Authorities transported Hutton and Pippen to Greene County Hospital where they were pronounced dead. King says the crash occurred on County Road 231 near Eutaw at 5:30 p.m. Troopers say a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass, driven by 22-year-old Maurice Devonte Wedgeworth, also of Eutaw, struck the victims during a street race with a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The other driver was taken into custody in Huntsville and is being transported back to Greene County.

Three killed in Greene County street race

State troopers said a street race killed three people, including a 3-year-old child, and injured nine others Saturday in Greene County. Wedgeworth is being held at the Greene County Jail, pending further investigation. Saturday in a race between a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass and a Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Greene County Highway 231, about two miles north of Eutaw. Hutton and Jhayden were taken to Greene County Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Troopers also have taken the driver of the Chevrolet into custody in Huntsville, and he will be returned to Greene County.

2 charged in Greene Co. street racing crash that killed 2 adults, 1 toddler

The other driver was taken into custody in Huntsville and is being transported back to Greene County. Maurice Devonte Wedgeworth, 22, of Eutaw, and Clyde Lawson, 27, of Harvest are being held at the Greene County jail. Merritt was pronounced dead after being airlifted to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Authorities transported Hutton and Pippen to Greene County Hospital where they were pronounced dead. Troopers say a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass, driven by Wedgeworth, struck the victims during a street race with a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The Latest: Charges filed in fatal Alabama street race crash - WTOP

EUTAW, Ala. (AP) — The latest on the Alabama street race that killed three and injured nine. (all times local): Authorities say charges have been filed against two men in an illegal street race that killed three people and left nine others injured in western Alabama. Charges have yet to be filed after three people were killed in a crash during an illegal street race in rural western Alabama that left nine others injured. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Reginal King said in an email Monday that charges hadn’t been filed against 22-year-old Maurice Wedgeworth in the crash from Saturday. Wedgeworth’s relatives said Monday that street races aren’t uncommon in rural Greene County and the unemployed father of four may have been hoping to win some money. Wedgeworth surrendered to authorities at a hospital and Lawson was taken into custody miles away in Huntsville.

Manslaughter charges filed against street racers after car plows into bystanders, killing 3

Griggers told AL.com Monday the "reckless act of street racing" led to the manslaughter warrants issued by his office. "It's just so tragic,'' said Greene County District Attorney Greg Griggers. He is being held at the Greene County Jail pending the ongoing investigation, King said. A new law went into effect in June that not only increased the punishment for those arrested for street racing, but also made it a crime to watch. Hutton and Jhayden were taken to Greene County Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Troopers detail cause of Greene County street race crash that killed 3, injured 8

After leaving the road to the right, the Cutlass struck the crowd of bystanders. According to the crash report, both cars were traveling east on County Road 231 while a crowd of people were gathered on the side of the road to watch the race. Lawson, behind the wheel of the Monte Carlo, struck Wedgeworth in the Cutlass on the passenger's side, causing the Cutlass to lose control. Hutton and Jhayden were taken to Greene County Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Wedgeworth was taken into custody just before midnight Saturday when he turned himself in to troopers at a hospital.

Alabama troopers release report on fatal drag racing wreck in Eutaw

A.J. McCampbell to speak out earlier this month, asking the public to report drag racing to local law enforcement. Drag racing is both a way to make money and a source of entertainment in Alabama's rural counties. "This is certainly not the first occurrence of drag racing in rural Alabama. Singleton and McCampbell co-sponsored a bill last year that increased the penalties for drag racing. Three people were killed in the Dec. 27 accident on Greene County Road 231 in Eutaw.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Rodney Hutton
Jalesa Kiara Merritt
Jhayden Pippen
Maurice Devonte Wedgeworth
Clyde Lawson
Roadway: 
County Road 231
City: 
Eutaw, AL

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