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Fatal car accident in Fort Mitchell


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FORT MITCHELL, AL (WTVM) - News Leader Nine is following breaking news out of Fort Mitchell where a two car collision took the life of a local man.

The accident happened Sunday afternoon around 2:15 near the intersection of Highway 165 and Patterson Road in Fort Mitchell. Alabama State Troopers tell News Leader Nine a Pontiac Grand Am made a left turn onto Patterson Road, in front of a Ford Explorer.

The Russell County Coroner's Department says 22 year old Cordarrel Holt, a passenger in the Pontiac, was killed in the crash. Troopers add the other victims were rushed to the Medical Center with injuries after the cars collided.

State Troopers say the driver of the Pontiac, 29 year old Christopher Smith, is responsible for the accident and was under the influence while driving. He is facing reckless murder charges after the crash.

News Leader Nine will continue to follow this story and bring you the very latest.


An afternoon crash claimed the life of a Russell County man and injured three others. A vehicle driven  by Christopher Smith, 29, of Ft. Mitchell, collided with a 2003 Ford Explorer while traveling south on AL 165 at Patterson Road in Russell County.  Smith was driving a 1987 Pontiac Grand Am when the crash occurred at approximately 1:55 pm CST. Smith fled the scene of the crash on foot and was apprehended by Alabama State Troopers.  The sole passenger in Smith's vehicle, Cordarrel James Holt, 22, also of Ft. Mitchell, was killed in the collision. The driver and passenger of the Ford Explorer were transported to Columbus Medical Center for treatment. The names and extent of their injuries are unknown at this time. Alcohol was a factor in the crash. Alabama State Trooper Traffic Homicide investigators have charged Smith with reckless murder and felony leaving the scene of a crash. Smith is being held in the Russell County Jail.

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