Daily Mountain Eagle
A 39-year-old Nauvoo woman died Monday after her car crashed into a wooded area off Highway 5 only a few miles from her home.
Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said Tina Williams Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. He said Alexander was in her third trimester of pregnancy and her baby did not survive the accident. Alexander’s 7-year-old son was also in the vehicle and was taken by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Poe said the son’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
“This was a terrible tragedy,” Poe said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”
Poe said family members reported Alexander had left her home around 10:30 a.m. Monday. No one had heard from her by late that afternoon, and family and friends began looking for her, Poe said.
“A family member, I believe her husband, was in the process of filling out a missing person report when her car was located,” Poe said.
The car was found in a ravine around the 4th Avenue area of Nauvoo just before 6 p.m.
Poe said members of the Alabama State Troopers responded to the scene, and their investigation determined Alexander was southbound on Highway 5 when her vehicle dropped off the right side of the road, and when she attempted to return to the road, the car crossed the highway and went straight down into the ravine, hitting several trees.
“It would have been hard for a passerby to see the car,” Poe said.
Troopers determined the accident happened around 11:30 a.m., Poe said.