OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - An Auburn man is now charged with two counts of reckless murder after two people died following a crash in Opelika on Friday. April 22.
Antonio Reese, 33, was arrested after an attempt to escape an officer turned into a deadly crash.
The accident claimed the life of 58-year-old Dennis Finley of Auburn and 51-year-old Rhonda Finley. Dennis was killed when a 2002 Toyota Camry collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu at the intersection of Magnolia Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Dennis Finley was the passenger of the 2002 Toyota Camry and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Rhonda Finley was the driver of the Toyota Camry.
Before the crash, the driver of the Chevrolet Malibu, Antonio Reese of Auburn, was attempting to escape from an officer after a routine traffic stop in the area of Auburn Street and Fruitland Avenue.
The police officer then lost sight of Reese's vehicle, but remained in the area in an attempt to locate the Chevrolet Malibu.
Within seconds, Reese's vehicle was discovered to have been involved in an accident at the intersection of Magnolia Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. His vehicle struck another vehicle with four people inside. The police vehicle was not involved in the accident.
The other two rear passengers were injured and taken to the East Alabama Medical Center to receive treatment. Reese was taken to the East Alabama Medical Center and then transferred to UAB Medical Center in Birmingham.
Reese is now charged with two counts of reckless murder, felony attempting to elude and assault in the first-degree by Alabama State Troopers.
He was booked at the Lee County Jail.
Alabama State Troopers are continuing to investigate this incident.