A high-speed crash that killed an Alabama woman and her grandson on a rural Madison County road last month was caused by a driver speeding at 118 mph – 73 mph above the posted speed limit – according to an Alabama State Trooper crash report.
The report shows that 32-year-old driver Johnny Mara of Hazel Green, Alabama, was driving a 2003 Lexus west on Ready Section Road at a violent speed when he lost control of the vehicle after topping a rise in the road near the intersection of Butter and Egg Road.
A crash report diagram shows Mr. Mara’s Lexus swerving after the intersection before crossing into the eastbound lane where a 2010 Ford carrying four people struck Mara’s vehicle lengthwise on the driver’s side.
The impact caused the Ford, driven by Monica Waldon, 51, also of Hazel Green, to careen off the right side of the road, through a fence, and down and embankment, landing upside-down. The Ford was traveling about 45 mph when it collided with Mr. Mara’s car.
Ms. Waldon was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Her 3-year-old grandson, Levi Heintzelman, was airlifted by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Levi’s 24-year-old mother and 3-month-old brother were taken to Huntsville Hospital for treatment. Their condition has not been disclosed.
The crash report also shows that Mr. Mara’s Lexus drove off the right side of the road, through a fence, and down the embankment. Mr. Mara was also pronounced dead at the scene.
According to AL.com, the report lists Mr. Mara’s “aggressive operation” of his car and speeding as the primary causes of the crash. It is not known whether Mr. Mara was using drugs or alcohol at the time.