Suspect involved in deadly Homewood hit-and-run crash arrested in Tuscaloosa

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The man accused of causing a fatal crash during a police pursuit in Homewood was arrested and taken into custody in Tuscaloosa Thursday.

Jordan Markice Ricks, 28, was arrested at a Tuscaloosa apartment complex just after 8 a.m.
Thursday. He is charged with murder and leaving the scene of an accident for the fatal crash. Authorities identified the victim as Robyn Naftel Herring, 42, of Homewood.

According to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office, Herring was a passenger of a Jeep Wrangler that was struck by Ricks, who was driving a Nissan Juke while attempting to flee from Vestavia Hills police officers following a traffic stop.

Homewood Police is overseeing the investigation. Police Chief Tim Ross said Ricks was fled the traffic stop while the Vestavia Hills officer was standing along the roadside.

“Our investigation has revealed to us, this suspect was stopped on a valid traffic violation,” said Ross. “He fled from that stop while the officer was still out of his vehicle.”

Ross said he would not call the incident a police chase or pursuit.

“I would not,” he said. “In my opinion, and based off what I know about this case, I would not label it a pursuit.”

Ricks will be transported to Homewood to face charges of murder and leaving the scene of an
accident.

A community task force meeting was held by the Homewood mayor’s office on Thursday. The intent of the meetings is to review the police department’s use of force policy. Community members showed up asking about police pursuit policies.

“What I do know is that an innocent woman died,” said Cat Cruz, a Homewood resident. “And there was obviously someone who did that, and it was not the officer. But there may be some culpability.”

A dozen people sat in on the meeting, hoping for more transparency and descriptive language in pursuit policies.

“I think when there is not immediate or as quick as possible transparency, that lack of trust get bigger,” said Cruz.

Vestavia Hills Police Department issued a media release on Monday, the date of the fatal crash. On Thursday, CBS 42 called VHPD for more information on the incident. Our calls were not returned as of Thursday night.

During the Thursday meeting, Chief Ross expressed his sincerest condolences for the Herring family. He said his department has been working closely with them in their investigation.

A GoFundMe account has been created for Herring’s daughters by her twin sister Brandy. To donate, click here.

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