No cause yet in Outlook editor's fatal accident

By Cliff Williams

Published 10:59 am Monday, July 9, 2018

The investigation continues into the cause of the automobile accident that led to the death of Outlook editor Mitch Sneed.

"We are waiting on toxicology reports," Alexander City Deputy Chief of Police James Easterwood said. "We are also waiting for the data from the airbag module of the Honda Accord to come back."

Sneed was driving a Ford F-150 last Saturday when he was stopped at a traffic light on Highway 280 and Highway 63. His vehicle was struck from behind by a white Honda Accord. The rear bumper of Sneed's truck was pushed under the crushed bed of the truck. The Accord sustained major damage to the front of the car and the driver sustained minor injures.

Sneed was airlifted to UAB Hospital for treatment Saturday morning before succumbing to his injuries Sunday evening about 8:30 p.m.

Easterwood would not speculate as to the cause of the accident.

"It is still under investigation at this time," he said. "Once toxicology reports and the module data come back, it will be presented to a grand jury to see if charges are warranted."

The case could possibly be presented to a grand jury in Alexander City in January.

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