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December 28, 2007

Top Story No. 3: Road fatalities

This was a deadly year on Cullman County roads and highways. As of Friday, there were 39 deaths in the county, and two Cullman residents died following accidents just outside of the county.

In October, there were seven deaths including an accident in West Point that took three lives.

By mid-November, Coroner Gary Murphree was asking drivers to slow down. He said at the time there have been double the traffic fatalities in the county than in surrounding counties in the last few weeks.

The following is a list of the fatal accidents that have occurred so far in 2007:

‰ On Jan. 5, Edmund Matthews,75, died on U.S. Highway 31, five miles south of Cullman in a two-car accident.

‰ On Jan. 31, John Michael Cunningham lost control of the 1998 GMC pickup truck he was driving on Alabama Highway 91 in Hanceville. The truck reportedly left the roadway, traveled down a steep embankment and struck a tree killing Cunningham.

‰ On March 9, Betty Cadd, 70, died in a two vehicle accident, on Alabama 69 two miles northeast of Cullman.

‰ Domingo Jose, 34, and passenger Pascual Jose, 16, died in a two-vehicle accident on March 10 on I-65 seven miles south of Cullman.

‰ On April 2, Larry Mayfield, 60, died in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 31 in Garden City.

‰ On April 12, a Lanett teenager, Justin Dale Hubbard, 18, and a woman from Valley, Evelyn Farrow, 64, were killed when their vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler near mile marker 304 on I-65, 1/4 mile north of Good Hope.

‰ Faye Cobb Dean, 71, on April 21, died following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Alabama Highways 157 and 69. The other driver, Raymond Fischer, 65, was not injured.

‰ On May 6, Raymond Hill, 20, died in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 278 two miles west of Holly Pond.

‰ On May 12, Lilly Brown, 23, died in a one-vehicle accident on County Road 109, 10 miles south of Cullman.

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