Ashley Boackle

Ashley Boackle

A Cullman woman was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the wreck that claimed the life of a motorist in July 2018.

Ashley V. Boackle, 25, was served warrants for the negligent homicide and running a red light by investigating officer Joey Duncan of the Cullman Police Department.

The accident occurred July 26 at the intersection of Alabama 157 and Alabama 69 at 6:55 a.m. and claimed the life of Joe Spradlin, 55.

At the time of the accident, Boackle's last name was listed as Roach. She was airlifted from the scene for medical treatment.

"We did a full traffic homicide investigation," said Duncan, who is a member of the police department;s specially trained traffic investigation team. "Mr. Spradlin was traveling south on Alabama 69 and had the green light. She was going north on 157 and it was determined she ran the red light."

Duncan said witness statements were taken during the investigation. He also said video of the accident and changing of the traffic lights was available for the investigation.

"The video showed the accident as it occurred and the lights changing," Duncan said.

Boackle has made bond.

Spradlin's family hired Cullman attorney Champ Crocker to seek compensatory and punitive damages of an unspecified amount from Boackle and her insurance company, the case is still pending in court.

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