The Latest: Charges filed in fatal Alabama street race crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 28, 2015 at 9:01 p.m.



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EUTAW, Ala. (AP) — The latest on the Alabama street race that killed three and injured nine. (all times local):

9:50 p.m.

Authorities say charges have been filed against two men in an illegal street race that killed three people and left nine others injured in western Alabama.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Reginal King said in an emailed statement Monday night that 22-year-old Maurice Wedgeworth and 27-year-old Clyde Lawson of Harvest have been charged with three counts of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

Wedgeworth surrendered to authorities at a hospital and Lawson was taken into custody miles away in Huntsville. They're both in the Greene County jail.

Officials have said 30-year-old Rodney Hutton, 22-year-old Jalesa Kiara Merritt and 3-year-old Jhayden Pippen died after being hit by an Oldsmobile Cutlass that Wedgeworth was driving.

Investigators say three children ages 6, 7 and 9 were also injured.

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6:30 p.m.

Charges have yet to be filed after three people were killed in a crash during an illegal street race in rural western Alabama that left nine others injured.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Reginal King said in an email Monday that charges hadn't been filed against 22-year-old Maurice Wedgeworth in the crash from Saturday. A second driver was taken into custody in Huntsville but his identity has not yet been released.

Wedgeworth's relatives said Monday that street races aren't uncommon in rural Greene County and the unemployed father of four may have been hoping to win some money.

Authorities have said 30-year-old Rodney Hutton, 22-year-old Jalesa Kiara Merritt and 3-year-old Jhayden Pippen died after being hit, and three children, ages 6, 7 and 9 were also injured.

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