Shoplifting suspects crash, victim killed

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Birmingham woman was killed after being hit by a vehicle carrying shoplifting suspects.

Pam Cupps, 50, died Saturday evening when her vehicle was hit suspects from a shoplifting incident at Best Buy in Fultondale.

"This is a very unfortunate accident," Jim Lowery, Fultondale Mayor, said Monday.

The incident started Saturday evening at the Best Buy when police were notified about a theft. Fultondale police pursued the suspects but later broke off the high speed chase.

"I'm proud of a our police department," Lowery said. "What they did was follow procedure. The chased until a certain point. The gentleman came off the interstate. It was going to be congested area."

The mayor said an officer still followed the suspects. But, at the intersection of Daniel Payne Drive and Coalberg Road, the suspects hit Cupps vehicle, killing Pam Cupps and critically injuring her husband, David.

"Even when you are following procedure and policy, no way you can express your to that family that lost a loved one," Lowery said.

David Cupps was being treated Monday at UAB. The two suspects were also taken to University Hospital for treatment.

The Fultondale Police Department was investigating the theft and the Birmingham Police Department was
investigating the accident. Birmingham Police said the suspects could face manslaughter and other charges. The Fultondale Police charged at least one suspect with theft, driving violations and trying to elude police.

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