Kelsey Nicole Starling, 26, killed and several injured in boat collision on Smith Lake near Crane Hill, Alabama

Modified Date: 
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:50pm
Accident Date: 
Thursday, July 4, 2019

1 missing, 5 injured in two-boat collision on Smith Lake

Search efforts for the missing person were suspended at 1 a.m., according to Capt. Buchanan. Multiple agencies are assisting Friday morning.

Authorities ID woman missing after Smith Lake boat crash; operator of the Mastercraft arrested

The search for 26-year-old Kelsey Nicole Starling of Troy will continue Saturday morning. She was a passenger in a 2012 Mastercraft wakeboard boat involved in a two-vessel crash at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday night.


WBMA, the ABC affiliate in Birmingham, reports that William Jackson Fite, 23, was booked into the Winston County Jail Friday morning and charged with Boating Under the Influence.

Search for missing woman on Smith Lake suspended indefinitely

People have held out hope that Starling would be found since she went missing on Independence Day, with residents tying blue ribbons to their docks on the lake in a show of support for Starlings family.

2 charged with negligent homicide in Kelsey Starling’s disappearance

On Wednesday, troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol Division arrested Nick Bowling Suggs, 50, and Jodi Wallace Suggs, 50, charging both Decatur natives with criminally negligent homicide regarding a fatal boat crash July 4 on Smith Lake that killed Starling, 26, of Troy.

Man pleads guilty to boating under the influence after Kelsey Starling death

William “Jackson” Fite, a 23-year-old Decatur native who now lives in Atlanta, on Monday pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor BUI charge in a Winston County courtroom. 

Trial date set for couple charged in Kelsey Starling death

On Thursday, Circuit Judge Jimmy Daryl Burt set a a jury trial on Feb. 3 for Nick and Jodi Suggs, who are charged with criminally negligent homicide for a boating accident where Kelsey Starling went missing.

Body of Kelsey Starling Recovered at Smith Lake

Starling was found near the location of the crash site in Rock Creek.

People Involved: 
Kelsey Nicole Starling
William Jackson Fite
Nick Bowling Suggs
Jodi Wallace Suggs

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