The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 26, 2012

UPDATE: Athens man 1 of 6 killed in state wrecks over Thanksgiving holiday

By Jean Cole
jean@athensnews-courier.com

ATHENS — A single-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon killed an Athens man on Holt Road.

Joel McAlister Smith, 28, was killed when the Chevy Monte Carlo he was driving left the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned, according to Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook.

Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, Cook said.

The crash occurred at 1:40 p.m. on Holt Road, four miles north of Athens. Preliminary reports indicate speed may have been a factor, Cook said.

No additional information is available as Alabama State  Troopers continue to investigate.A single-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon killed an Athens man on Holt Road.

His death was one of six fatalities that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Joel McAlister Smith, 28, was killed when the Chevy Monte Carlo he was driving left the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned, according to Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook.

Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, Cook said.

The crash occurred at 1:40 p.m. on Holt Road, four miles north of Athens. Preliminary reports indicate speed may have been a factor, Cook said.

No additional information is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

During the Thanksgiving holiday travel period from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, through midnight Sunday, Nov. 25, Alabama State Troopers investigated six traffic deaths, including the death of a motorcyclist.

These six fatalities occurred in Limestone, Baldwin, Chilton, Conecuh, Etowah and Mobile counties. Three of those killed were not wearing seat belts, according to Public Safety.

Based on preliminary

investigations, troopers say alcohol was not a factor in any of the crashes.  

During this same holiday travel period in 2011, troopers investigated six of the state's nine traffic deaths. State totals for this year's extended holiday travel period will not be available until later in the year.