3 die in 3-vehicle wreck June 18 on Baldwin Beach Express

Published 4:25 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2023

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One of the victims was PCI CFO

Update: Officials confirmed today that a fourth victim succumbed to their injuries after the wreck on June 18.

Robertsdale Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Paul Overstreet said that the second occupant of the Yukon, Tim Speegle’s wife, Jeanna, passed away from her injuries as a result of the crash.

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Overstreet said the medical examiner’s office also confirmed the death.

Three people died in a three-vehicle wreck on the Baldwin Beach Express near County Road 48 on June 18 in Baldwin County, according to the Robertsdale Police Department.

Public Information officer Lt. Paul Overstreet said in a release that at 2:38 p.m. Sunday, RPD responded to the wreck.

“This accident resulted in multiple fatalities and injured persons,” Overstreet said. “One of the drivers involved in the accident, identified as David Colburn, has been charged with three counts of manslaughter and driving under the influence (DUI).”

Overstreet said additional charges are pending.

Overstreet said the vehicles involved included a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by the defendant, Colburn; a 2017 Dodge Ram pick up driven by one of the victims; and a 2018 GMC Yukon, driven by one of the victims.

Overstreet said the victim who drove the Dodge is still in critical condition at Sacred Heart Hospital. Two occupants, identified as Christie Lowe, 47, of Pelham, and Margaret Lowe, 19, also Pelham, were found deceased at the scene, he said.

“Two other occupants of the vehicle were transported to Sacred Heart for non-life-threatening injuries,” he said.

Overstreet said the Yukon was driven by Tim Speegle, 64, of Trussville. Speegle was found in critical condition and transported from the scene.

“Mr. Speegle unfortunately succumbed to his injuries and passed away at Sacred Heart Hospital,” Overstreet said. “The second occupant of the vehicle is still in critical condition at Sacred Heart.”

According to reports, Speegle was the chief financial officer of the Poarch Creek Indians.

Overstreet said preliminary findings indicate that the trailblazer SUV, driven by Colburn, was travelling south on Baldwin Beach Express.

“The front of Colburn’s vehicle then struck the rear end of the Dodge pickup that was also heading south,” he said. “That collision resulted in the Dodge pickup losing control. The Dodge pickup crossed over the grass median and into the northbound lanes of the Beach Express. The Dodge pickup entered the Yukon’s path of travel, which was heading northbound on the Beach Express. The vehicles collided with each other. The impact was significant.”

Overstreet said the investigation is fluid, and there is a significant amount of evidence to be analyzed. There are some details that we cannot share at this time, he added.

The PCI Tribal Council issued the following statement regarding Tim and Jeanna Speegle.

As many of you may have learned Tim Speegle, our CFO, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Sunday. Like so many others who were lucky to know Tim, we are deeply grieving his passing, and we are praying for his much-loved wife, Jeanna, who sustained critical injuries in the accident and remains hospitalized.

“Tim was a good man, through and through. He was generous, smart, funny, and deeply committed to our Tribe and its success. Tim’s contributions to the Poarch community will be felt for generations to come, and we hope that his and Jeanna’s children, grandchildren, mothers and extended family find some comfort in that.

“On a personal level, Tim was a friend to us all. He could be counted on in the worst of times to do the right thing and to make good decisions. In good times, he was a joy to be around – a caring man who loved his family, enjoyed life to the fullest, and was incredibly thoughtful and caring to others.

“Tim’s sudden passing is a sad reminder to all of us that we should appreciate each and every day and never miss an opportunity to tell those we care about how much they are loved.”

“Today, my heart is heavy as I received the news of the passing of Jeanna Speegle, the wife of our CFO Tim Speegle,” Bryan said. “It’s devastating to hear that innocent lives, like theirs, were cut short by that terrible auto accident this past Sunday on the Beach Express. 

“Although it’s hard to find comfort in such a tragic event, I take solace in knowing that Tim and Jeanna are now in their heavenly home, rejoicing together. Their legacy will live on for generations to come, as they both lived life to the fullest and worked hard to help others. 

Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to Speegle family, and the other victims of that terrible accident. We know there is power in prayer and ask the community to join us in remembering Tim and Jeanna.”

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Trooper office assisted with accident analysis; the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and Summerdale PD assisted with traffic control; and Baldwin County District Attorney’s office assisted with the investigation.