Sunday wrecks claim six lives

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 8, 2005

With the triumph of the Greene County High boys’ basketball championship not even two days old, tragedy struck the county when a car accident claimed the life of four Greene County young people.

Alicia Spencer, 20, Carlos Powell, 16, Calvin Cross, 22, and Brandon Fluker, 19, were killed a short time after midnight Sunday morning. All four were traveling in one car in the northbound lane of I-20/59 past exit 35, near Boligee, when the vehicle left the road and skidded into the median. It collided at high speed with several trees, killing all four passengers on impact.

The official cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers, although Greene County Sheriff Johnny Isaac said alcohol may have played a role.

The loss will be keenly felt in Eutaw and throughout Greene County. Fluker was the son of Eutaw police officer Elzora Fluker; Powell was a student at Greene County High School; Spencer had been a student at the University of West Alabama.

“These are all young people, all Greene County people, one the son of a police officer,” said Isaac. “It’s tough. You feel it.”

Isaac dealt with the burden of informing the victim’s families on Sunday morning.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my career in law enforcement,” he said. “It’s something you wish you never had to do…Sunday was the longest day I’ve had in a long time.”

The difficulty, Isaac said, was made worse for the loss experienced by Ms. Fluker, a fellow member of law enforcement.

“Policemen are family,” he said. “You do your best to mourn with them and console them. It could be any one of us.”

Sadly, the Greene County accident was not the only one in the area Sunday morning that resulted in fatalities.

Two cars collided head-on on Highway 80 in east Marengo County Sunday morning at 3 a.m. Both drivers were killed. The Selma State Troopers’ post identified one of the victims as Richard Powell, 44, of Greensboro.

The other victim’s identity and further details of the wreck could not be released by officials at this time, although it is believed that the other driver was not from the immediate area.

Statewide fourteen people died in weekend roadway accidents with other deadly accidents occurring in Wilcox, Baldwin, Limestone, Morgan, St. Clair and Escambia counties.