Traffic fatality victim identified

Published 11:57 pm Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The victim of Tuesday’s auto accident in Opp has been identified as Sky Lane Lawson, 33, of Newton.

Alabama State Troopers said the accident occurred at 9 p.m. after Lawson, who was an Andalusia High School graduate, crashed his 1999 Mazda on U.S. Hwy. 84, four miles west of Opp.

“Lane then exited his vehicle and was in the roadway when he was struck by another vehicle, a 1996 Nissan, driven by James Stokes, 46, of Andalusia,” Trooper Kevin Cook released.

Lane was pronounced dead at the scene by Covington County Coroner Norman Hobson. Stokes was transported to Andalusia Regional hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash, and no other details surrounding the incident were released.

One person died in a traffic accident near the Yellow River Bridge on Hwy. 84 Tuesday night.

Alabama State Troopers were in charge at the scene and did not release the name of the victim. Investigators said it appeared a small truck that was traveling westbound on Hwy. 84 crossed the median to the eastbound lane and flipped. The driver was either thrown from the vehicle or crawled out, and was struck and killed by a second vehicle.

This vehicle was westbound, crossed the median and flipped. It is believed the driver was either ejected or climbed out and was struck by a second vehicle.

Details will be added when the Alabama State Troopers release additional information.

Members of the Covington County Sheriff’s Department and numerous other law enforcement personnel also were on the scene.

This vehicle was eastbound on Hwy. 84 when it struck a person who had either been ejected from another vehicle or climbed out and was struck.