Janice Faye Matson, 61, owner of The Pet Resort in Jasper, died after her car was struck twice in a three-vehicle accident on Airport Road.
Sgt. Paul Tucker of the Jasper Police Department said Matson was driving her Jeep Liberty northbound, stopped to make a left turn into her driveway and was struck by a vehicle from behind at around 5:30 p.m. The collision forced Matson’s vehicle into oncoming traffic, where it was struck on the passenger side by another sport utility vehicle, Tucker said.
Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said Matson was taken to UAB Hospital where she later died in the emergency room.
Poe said there were four people in the car that initially struck Matson’s vehicle, and one of those individuals was treated and released at Walker Baptist Medical Center.
Poe said an elderly couple in the third vehicle was taken to WBMC where they were also treated and released.
Jasper police, as well as the Alabama State Troopers, are investigating the accident. Tucker said the lead investigator from the police department is Chuck Henderson.
Tucker added that officers Leo Harvill, Jordan Beard, Jonathan Crider and detective Betty Smith also responded to the scene.
Poe said Matson’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy.
“That is standard on any accident that is being investigated,” he said.
Tucker said he could not comment on whether or not charges could be filed in the accident because it is an ongoing investigation.
hit by vehicle
A little less than an hour before Tuesday’s fatal accident in Jasper, a local man was struck by a vehicle as he crossed Ridge Drive.
A police report was filed at the Jasper Police Department Tuesday night, and the victim reported he was taking a small dog across the street when a red pickup truck slowed for a stop sign but then accelerated and struck him. The victim reported the driver of the truck exited the vehicle before re-entering and driving away from the scene.
“The victim said he didn’t recognize the person,” JPD Sgt. Paul Tucker said.
The victim suffered minor injuries, Tucker said.
Anyone with information on the hit and run incident should contact the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-2121.