Fatal wreck claims second life

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gross died in a Mobile hospital as a result of his injuries.

A single vehicle accident that killed a three-month-old girl last week on Alabama 21 has now claimed two lives.

The car’s driver, Emmett Clyde Gross, Jr., 24, of Atmore died from his injuries in a Mobile hospital after being taken by LifeFlight from the scene of Thursday’s wreck.

Gross and the child, Alexis McGee, were both ejected from the 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass they were traveling in Thursday afternoon after the driver lost control of the car just south of Wind Creek Casino and Hotel. The vehicle left the northbound lane of the roadway, flipped, caught fire and landed upside down in a roadside field. McGee, who was not properly restrained officials said, was pronounced dead on the scene. Gross, who was also ejected, was not wearing a seat belt. A third victim, one-year-old Kelyn McGee, was pulled from the vehicle by emergency responders. He was also taken to Mobile by LifeFlight, but was later released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries.

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Although an official cause for the accident has not been made, officials on the scene said it appeared as though Gross was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the wreck.

The accident remains under investigation by Alabama Sate Trooper Wes Davis.