A Bessemer man is now charged with four counts of manslaughter in the deadly wreck that killed four people last week on Interstate 22.
Michael Troy Majors, 25, is in the Walker County jail with a $75,000 bond on the four charges. According to investigators, Majors was driving the car that collided head on with another vehicle. He is from Bessemer
Monica Daniele Jackson, 49, Tamblyn Jackson, 50, Kheri Ayers, 29, and Daniel Johnson, 42, were all killed in the crash. All were from Arkansas. Family members told CBS 42 they were on the way to a family reunion, but never made it.
The Jacksons were sisters.
“They stuck together like you wouldn’t believe,” said Linda Thomas, an aunt of the victims. “Tamblyn was willing to help anybody and everybody wherever and however and to lose her in that matter was really really horrific for all of us, it was horrible and it is a lot to bear.”
Loved ones were glad to hear charges had been filed against Majors.
“We don’t think that young man left that day to kill my nieces and nephews, we just don’t believe that, but at the same time, they didn’t leave that day to die, and we think justice needs to be done and it needs to be served,” said Vonda Thomas, an aunt of the victims.
Ayers was a culinary chef and leaves behind a child of his own. Johnson has been a family friend for more than 15 years. For now the family leans on their faith as they prepare to say final goodbyes.
“Your light is shining bright, your life was not in vain and we are just best that god lent you to us for just a little while,” said Johnson.
Troopers said warrants were obtained to collect blood and urine samples from Majors. Results are still pending, according to ALEA.
Stay with CBS 42 for the latest.