The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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September 18, 2010

1 dead after Ala. 251 rollover

. — A Limestone County man is dead as the result of a one-car wreck late Thursday or early Friday on Alabama 251, according to Athens Police Capt. Floyd Johnson.

“Athens Police received a call at 6:30 a.m. of a single-vehicle accident on Highway 251 near the Yarbrough Road intersection,” said Johnson. “A passing motorist saw a vehicle off the roadway on its side and called to report it.”

Johnson said that when officers arrived on the scene they found the body of Mark Edward Roberts, 39, of a Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road address.

“It appears Roberts ran off the roadway, and then the truck he was driving rolled,” said Johnson.

Limestone County Coroner Mike West said that it appeared that Roberts’ Chevy pickup rolled several times before striking a tree.

“We believe the accident occurred overnight. Roberts was the only person in the vehicle.”

Johnson said that Roberts was wearing a seatbelt. He said Alabama 251 was closed for a short time after the accident was discovered.

“Officer Brandon Colburn is investigating this accident,” said Johnson. “Also on the scene was Athens Fire and Rescue.”

A News Courier employee, who is closely related to Roberts, said that he was the son of Jean Roberts, a long-time Athens Post Office employee, and the father of Madison Roberts, an Athens High School senior.

He was also the uncle of murder victim Clint Roberts, who was shot in early July. His alleged assailant, Terence Turneal Gilbert, 23, was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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