BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– 37, 461 people died in car crashes on U.S. highways in 2016.
Alcohol was a factor in 10, 497 of those accidents.
That year in Alabama 279 people died in DUI crashes. 13-year-old Jayla Parler and 11-year-old Niomi James are two of those people. They were killed in a crash on June 6, 2016.
Police arrested James Halsell Jr. at the site of the crash on Highway 82 in Tuscaloosa County.
Even though a grand jury later indicted James Halsell Jr. on two counts of reckless murder, two counts of first-degree assault driving under the influence, and two counts of assault indifference to the value of human life, he was released from jail on a $150,000 bond.
Halsell, who is retired from NASA as an astronaut, has yet to stand to trial. Jayla and Niomi’s parents Latrice Parler and Pernell James want to know why.
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