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March 1, 2014

Trucker who struck ALDOT workers returned for trial

— A North Carolina man whose 18-wheeler plowed through a line of Alabama Department of Transportation workers near Athens last January is now in the Limestone County Jail on four counts of attempted murder and five trucking-related traffic violations.

Darryl Maury Suggs, 49, of Kingston, N.C., was extradited to Limestone County Thursday from Henry County, Ind., after Indiana state police pulled over his tractor-trailer Feb. 18 for following another vehicle too closely.

Police determined Suggs had an outstanding Alabama arrest warrant for attempted murder and the other charges, which had been issued following his indictment by a Limestone County grand jury in October 2013.

Indiana state police contacted local authorities, and Suggs was returned to Limestone County. He remained in the county jail Saturday with bail set at $83,000.

His case will now be set for trial.

The wreck

The crash that injured the ALDOT workers occurred about 4 a.m. Jan. 16, 2013, on Interstate 65, just north of the Interstate 565 interchange near mile marker 344 in the Tanner community

Alabama troopers believe Suggs was either tired or asleep when his tractor-trailer tore 462 feet through a worksite, injuring four men and damaging state vehicles. Seriously injured were Mickie Collier of Athens and Ronald Fletcher of Decatur. Also injured were Bobby Smith of Courtland and Darnell Spencer of Huntsville. The men had been sent to the area to repair a pothole reported to troopers by a motorist.

Suggs, who worked for C.P. Transportation of Bowling Green, Ky., had told troopers he did not recall the wreck. Troopers said he had exceeded the allowable driving hours that day as well as during the week before the crash.

“It is by sheer miracle that he didn’t kill anyone that day,” Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said Friday. “He was hauling giant, solid blocks of aluminum that day.”

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