Monday, June 20, 2011

Alabama school counselor killed by DUI driver

DECATUR, AL June 20 2011 - A Priceville Junior High School counselor was killed in a wreck Sunday morning in Decatur.

Police said Terry M. White was hit by a drunk driver at 10:20 a.m. on Beltline Road at Carridale Street SW.

Investigators said Hugh Kennedy Chandler Jr. was driving north on Beltline Road in a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Witnesses said the Jeep failed to stop for a red signal at Carridale Street and hit White's 2007 Pontiac Solstice. White was entering the intersection on Carridale Street SW crossing Beltline Road toward Decatur Mall.

Chandler struck White in the driver's side, injuring her. White was flown to Huntsville Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Chandler was charged with driving under the influence and more charges may follow. Police continue to investigate the wreck.

According to court records, this is not Chandler's first DUI arrest. He was arrested for DUI in November, 1999 in Lawrence County. He pleaded guilty to that charge in February, 2000. He was given a 30 day suspended sentence, $500 fine and DUI school.

Investigators said Chandler was out on a previous bond from another DUI in April, 2011. His bond has now been revoked and he will remain in jail until his trial date.

According to Morgan County Schools website, White was a counselor at Priceville Junior High School.

Source: WAFF

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