Driver who hit pedestrian released with stipulations

Combined submitted and staff report
Posted 7/17/18

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — The driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian Saturday night in Bay Minette has been released with a GPS ankle monitor, must comply with monthly drug and alcohol …

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Driver who hit pedestrian released with stipulations

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BAY MINETTE, Alabama — The driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian Saturday night in Bay Minette has been released with a GPS ankle monitor, must comply with monthly drug and alcohol testing and has been ordered by a judge not to operate a motor vehicle.

Heath Barrett, 23, of Atmore, died Sunday morning from injuries received when he was struck by a vehicle at approximately 9:56 p.m. Saturday as he attempted to cross the highway at the intersection of McMeans Avenue and West Fifth Street, according to a release issued Monday by Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 24-year-old Andrew Milton Cross of Birmingham, was arrested and charged with first degree assault, driving under the influence, unlawful possession of marijuana, second degree; and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released Tuesday on a $61,500 bond from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Corrections Center.

An additional fatality involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle was reported over the weekend in Robertsdale, while two more were reported in Mobile County.

No charges have been filed in those cases.

Robertsdale Police have identified the woman who was struck and killed Saturday night trying to cross Alabama 59 in the area of Divine Road.

According to a release issued Monday afternoon, Robertsdale police received a call Saturday for the report of an unruly subject that had jumped from a vehicle.

“Officers responded to the area and made contact with family members of the subject including the subject’s mother,” according to the release. “The officers were searching the area for the subject when he ran across Highway 59 from the East to the West side.”

The subject’s mother, 41-year-old Lashonda Katrice Preston of Montgomery, saw him and she ran across the road in the same direction. Preston was struck and killed by a vehicle that was traveling Southbound on 59. The driver of the vehicle was a 20-year-old Robertsdale resident.

The driver remained on scene until officers arrived said RPD Chief Investigator Lt. Rex Bishop.

“The accident remains under investigation but at this time there are no indications that there will be any charges against the driver of the vehicle,” according to the release.

Meanwhile Alabama State Troopers are investigating two fatalities involving vehicles striking pedestrians over the weekend in Mobile County, according to releases issued by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

At approximately 5:20 a.m. Saturday, one of the passengers in a single-vehicle crash on I-10, west of McDonald Road, identified as 18-year-old Marques Freeman of Moss Point, Mississippi, was struck and killed.

No charges have been filed relating to the pre-dawn crash and the case remains under investigation by Alabama State Troopers.

Another fatal crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian was reported shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Cuss Fork Road between Natchez Trace Road and Coleman Dairy Road. That victim has yet to be identified pending notification of next of kin.

Submitted reports from the Bay Minette Police Department, Robertsdale Police Department and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, with additional reporting by Onlooker co-editor John Underwood.