ALEA: Tox reports still pending from Sept. 5 crash

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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Toxicology reports are still pending in the Sept. 5 incident in which an Opp man allegedly struck three construction workers with his pickup truck in a construction zone just outside of Andalusia.

Robyn Bryan, spokesperson for ALEA, said Tuesday that Michael Morgan McCarty, 55, of Opp was driving a Ford F-150 4X4 Supercab westbound on U.S. Hwy. 84 in a construction zone.

McCarty was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Bryan said according to state troopers reports, the left lane was closed due to major construction, which the report indicted was marked clearly with cone and a parked vehicle with amber lights was also sitting in the lane.

Accident reports says that McCarty was allegedly traveling in the right lane and merged in the left lane as he passed the parked vehicle designating the closed lane.

Witness reports show that the vehicle continued to travel in the closed lane and struck three construction workers near the rear of the asphalt packer.

Bryan said that a witness at the scene said that McCarty allegedly changed back into the right lane and began traveling west. The witness reported to ALEA troopers that the witness began to slow down in an attempt to stop McCarty.

The report shows that McCarty allegedly attempted to pass the witness and got back into the left lane striking a construction cone.

At that time, the witness was able to change into the left lane in front of McCarty at which he pulled to the right side of the road way.

Bryan said that troopers spoke to McCarty who refused to grant consent to draw blood. So, the trooper notified District Attorney Walt Merrell’s office to obtain a search warrant for blood.

Troopers then escorted McCarty to Andalusia Health where blood was drawn and sent off for a toxicology screening.

Bryan said toxicology reports are still pending. The crash is still under investigation.