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Woman killed, several children injured in wreck on Hwy. 79 in Pinson

Investigators searching for 2 people who left the scene
Highway 79 wreck in Pinson.
Highway 79 wreck in Pinson.(Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 2:22 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 12:27 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for two people who left the scene of a fatal car accident that occurred on Monday, August 2, 2021.

Deputies said a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Brittany Nishae Williams was crossing highway 79 in Pinson, when her vehicle was struck by an oncoming car.  The vehicle was carrying her and her three children. Brittany died on the scene.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s START team is still working on the investigation to determine who was driving the Dodge Challenger that struck Williams’ Buick LaCrosse. It was initially thought that Williams’ vehicle was occupied only by her and two of her children.

This is where the investigation took a twist: Further investigation shows the people who fled the scene, handed a 1-year-old child to a bystander before leaving. Due to the fact that there were no adults on the scene who could identify the baby, it was thought the child was an occupant in their vehicle. Family members were later able to advise detectives that this was also one of Williams’ children. It is unclear how the two people got the child.

ORIGINAL: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a multi-vehicle accident that occurred around 9:35 a.m. Monday on Highway 79 in Pinson.

Police say according to early reports, it appears that a vehicle attempted to cross the highway and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Two additional vehicles were involved as they attempted to avoid the collision.

The driver and a passenger of the vehicle that struck the crossing vehicle fled the scene on foot, leaving behind a small child, who was transported to Children’s Hospital.

Police say the 32-year-old female driver of the Buick LaCrosse that was attempting to cross the highway was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have identified her as Brittany Nishae Williams. Two other subjects received medical attention from medics on the scene.

Multiple children, ranging in age from 1-3 years old, who were passengers in the Buick, were transported to Children’s Hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s START team is investigating the circumstances surrounding this accident. If you have any information to provide regarding this accident, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450.

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