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Driver indicted on vehicular murder charges may have been under the influence

WAFF 48 News has uncovered new information about a fatal crash between an ADT truck and another vehicle.

A grand jury indictment has revealed that police think the driver of the ADT truck was under the influence.

Erik Lane Christensen has been charged with murder and assault.

Count one lists the murder charge, stating Christensen engaged in reckless conduct and caused the death of another person.

In count two, the assault charge, the Madison County Grand Jury alleges he was driving under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or both when he injured another person.

The wreck happened back in January on Highway 20 near Slaughter Road, just inside the Huntsville city limits.

Witnesses said traffic was stopped at a red light when the ADT van passed traffic in the right lane.

The van ran off the road, went into the air and slammed into a pick up truck driven by John Patrick Shaw. Shaw died at the hospital. His passenger was hurt but survived.

Christensen is now out of jail, his bond was set at $105,000.

He was arrested after the grand jury issued an indictment.

Christensen will be in court on November 10th. His trial is set to begin November 14th.

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