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Tower Down - 12.13.21 (AL) "UPDATED 01.05.23"


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Tow truck driver struck, killed on I-65 in Saralan


SARALAND, Ala. (WALA) -- A tow truck driver died Monday morning when he was hit by a car while loading a disabled vehicle onto his truck.


It happened just before 9 a.m. on Interstate 65 at mile marker 12 in Saraland.


Investigators said Jonathan Neesmith, 40, was on the shoulder of northbound I-65 when he was struck. Neesmith was rushed to University Hospital where he died from his injuries.


The Saraland Police Department said its traffic homicide division is still investigating the incident.


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UPDATED 01.04.23:

Wilmer woman indicted on manslaughter charge in Saraland death of tow truck driver



MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Elizabeth Bolling Sprinkle, 59, of Wilmer, has been indicted by a Mobile County Grand Jury on a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of Jonathan Neesmith.


Neesmith, a tow truck driver, was on the shoulder of I-65 in Saraland attempting to load a disabled vehicle when he was struck and killed on December 13, 2022.


According to the indictment, Sprinkle was under the influence of Tramadol, an opioid pain killer, when she struck and killed Neesmith.


Sprinkle was arrested on the indictment on December 20, 2022 and bonded out less than two hours later after posting a $30,000 bond.


Note: there is an error in the date of the tragic event which took the life of Jonathan Neesmith on 12.13.21.



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Our sincere condolences to the Family, Friends and co-workers. It should not be happening and this is the worst time of year for such a tragedy to occur. We have a Christmas wish at our place for not another Tower Down email. Need to start checking my email everyday, not just once or twice a week.

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