Driver in fatal wreck indicted for murder
by David Lazenby
Dec 07, 2011 | 8962 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County District Attorney’s office has indicted Adam Heath Allred, 30, of Jasper for murder and first-degree assault in connection with the death of his 6-year-old daughter and injuries to his son following a two-vehicle wreck on Alabama Highway 257.

District Attorney Bill Adair said Brianna Allred of the Fall City community allegedly died as a result of “wreckless murder” on Oct. 24 when an SUV plowed into a car driven by her father, who reportedly pulled out in front of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe that was traveling south along Alabama Highway 257.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, according to Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe. Her brother, Brandon Allred, 4, and father were airlifted to UAB for medical attention. The extent of their injuries was unknown at press time.

The three people in the SUV involved in the wreck — driver Bobby Braden, 21, of Jasper, Andrea Braden, 19, and an infant — were taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Poe reported in October the car driven by Adam Allred was traveling in the northbound lane of Highway 257 when it ran off the road shortly before 5 p.m., about five miles north of Jasper. “When it came back, it crossed the path of the southbound (lane),” Poe said.

“This was more than an accident,” Adair said about the wreck.

He added that authorities waited to indict Allred until after witnesses came forward and results from some “testing that was done” were obtained. Adair declined to elaborate on the tests that were conducted.

Adair said he is grateful for the witnesses who came forward to give assistance to the DA’s office.

“Without that, I think it would have been very, very difficult to get the indictment,” he said.