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June 20, 2013

Troopers seek leads on vehicle in I-65 fatal hit-and-run crash

— Memorial services were held Thursday night for a Tennessee man killed in Tuesday’s wreck on Interstate 65 as Alabama State Troopers continue to seek the driver who left the scene of the accident.

James “Jim” Shaddy Jr., 69, of Petersburg, Tenn., died when he was ejected from the front passenger seat of a 2002 GMC Envoy driven by his daughter, Jane Osgood, 44, of Fayetteville, Tenn.

The accident is under investigation as hit-and run by the Alabama State Troopers after witnesses reported a dark-colored pickup truck fled the scene after colliding with the Envoy. The collision caused the sport utility vehicle to run off the road and flip multiple times before coming to a rest in a ditch near the northbound lanes of I-65 across from the Alabama Welcome Center.

The SUV, which had a caved-in roof and badly damaged front end, carried two other passengers, Shaddy’s granddaughter, Grace Osgood, 10, and Jane’s mother-in-law, Mary Beck, 72. Both Osgoods and Beck, who were entrapped in the wreckage, were transported to Huntsville Hospital Tuesday, where all three were treated and released by Wednesday morning.

Shaddy, who troopers said was not wearing a seat belt, was traveling in a two-car caravan that left Athens shortly before 9 p.m. after attending a swim meet at the Sportsplex, said Limestone Coroner Mike West. The other car was not involved in the collision.

Shaddy, who had four children and six grandchildren, was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a retired Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy. He and his wife, Pat Pickens Shaddy, had been married 49 years.

According to published media reports, Osgood said she doesn’t harbor hatred for the hit-and-run driver.

“I don’t hate that person (that left the scene). I just pray they can get repentance and be forgiven. I forgive him. I forgive him right now,” she said.

State troopers are looking for a dark-colored Chevy Silverado or Dodge Ram and its driver. Auto repair shops are being asked to be aware of pickup trucks that match the description and have damage to the right side.

Jonathan Barbee, press secretary for the Alabama Republican Party and one of many motorists who stopped at the accident scene to provide assistance, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and arrest of the driver who left the scene.

To report information about the vehicle or its driver, call state troopers at 256-533-4202 or the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office at 256-232-0111.

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