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ALEA: Prichard Police officers speeding before car wreck in Eight Mile

A Prichard Police officer was involved in a car accident. (Photo by Devan Coffaro) A Prichard Police officer was involved in a car accident. (Photo by Devan Coffaro)
One of the five children who were inside the SUV that the Prichard Police car hit head-on. One of the five children who were inside the SUV that the Prichard Police car hit head-on.
Prichard Police Officer Roberson and Officer Castleberry also have a long road to recovery ahead after the accident. Prichard Police Officer Roberson and Officer Castleberry also have a long road to recovery ahead after the accident.
Eight Mile, AL (WALA-TV) -

We're learning new details about the officer-involved wreck that left several people injured. It happened on Saint Stephens Road in Eight Mile last month.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) released the crash report to FOX10 News on Monday. According to the report, the Prichard officers were speeding without their light or sirens on at the time of the collision.

It's was a wreck that sent 8 people to the hospital. Signs show the speed limit is 35 miles per hour in the area, but the report states the officers were traveling 66 miles per hour.

Here is the narrative from the crash report:

Vehicle one was traveling southbound on US 45 and vehicle two was traveling northbound on US 45. Vehicle one was a Prichard Police car, with two officers responding to a burglary call, with no lights or siren in operation.  Vehicle one was traveling over the posted speed limit.  Vehicle two was attempting a left tum onto westbound Old Citronelle Highway.  Vehicle one approached the intersection at a high rate of speed. Vehicle one traveled down a small hill and into a bottom, which blocked it from vehicle two's view. The driver of vehicle two approached the intersection, and she stated she stopped before turning. She did not see vehicle one, and proceeded with her tum.  Vehicle one crested the hill and entered the intersection. The two units made contact. Vehicle one rotated clockwise and came to an uncontrolled final rest in the intersection. Vehicle two exited the roadway and came to an uncontrolled final rest on the southbound shoulder of US 45.  The data recorded on the airbag control module in vehicle one was imaged. Vehicle one was traveling 66 miles per hour before the driver applied the brakes and was traveling 57 miles per hour at impact.

Inside the police car were Officer Shondarrius Roberson and Officer Samuel Castleberry. Inside the SUV they collided with were Emerial Lafitte and her five children – with ages ranging from 11 to 3 years old. We’re told the youngest, Carmen, had to spend the first few days in the ICU.

Thankfully, everyone survived, but we're told all of them are still on a long road to recovery.

Prichard city officials say both officers are still out of work with fractured bones and internal bleeding and need extensive rehab. To help the officers click here.

As for the family, they say everyone sustained injuries and two children had to have major operations. Since this accident the family has accumulated hospital bills, they lost their vehicle, and the parents can't work for months because they have to attend to their children's recovery. You can help them by clicking here.

We reached out to Prichard Mayor Gardner's administration to get their reaction, but were told this was the first they were hearing about the crash report. They say they need to speak with attorneys first before they comment.

In the meantime, we're told the city is still conducting its own separate investigation.

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