Two fatalities recorded on Escambia County roads
Published 9:14 am Wednesday, September 20, 2000
By By SHERRY DIGMON
Advance Staff Writer
Two people lost their lives in traffic accidents in Escambia County (Ala.) over the weekend.
A Castleberry teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident Saturday about 11:20 p.m., on Old Castleberry Road.
Donald Ray Etheridge was 18 years old. He would have been 19 Sunday, the day after the accident.
His passenger, Micah Cooper Boatwright, 18, from East Brewton, suffered broken bones, but his injuries were not life threatening, according to the state troopers office in Evergreen,
Trooper Wes Davis responded to the call.
A Mobile man was killed on Interstate 65 Sunday morning near Atmore.
Kramer Robinson, 52, was out of his car when he was struck by a Louisiana couple going home after the LSU-Auburn football game, according to Trooper John Fields.
Robinson and his son had gone to exit 69 north of Atmore to pick up a car belonging to a friend. They got the car started, but it broke down again near the 50-mile marker, between the Jack Springs Road and Perdido exits.
Robinson tried to jump start the car, but succeeding only in draining the battery in his own car.
Intending to tow the car that had broken down, Robinson pulled his car onto the interstate to turn around and back up to the other car, but his car stalled.
When he couldn't get his car started, Robinson yelled for his son to help him push it off the road. That's when the car from Louisiana topped the small rise.
Robinson's son told Fields that he ran when he saw the car approaching and expected his dad to run too. But when he turned around, his father was still beside the stalled car. Robinson was hit from the side, knocked under the car and killed.
Fields said the Louisiana couple had no idea that Robinson and his car were on the highway. Since the car battery was so weak, any lights on Robinson's car would have been very dim.