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Charges are pending against an 18-year-old after a multiple vehicle wreck left a child dead and several others injured. Charges are pending against an 18-year-old after a multiple vehicle wreck left a child dead and several others injured.
Gunner Joseph Scarano (Source: Huntsville High Baseball Facebook page) Gunner Joseph Scarano (Source: Huntsville High Baseball Facebook page)
Jayden Coppens (Source: Family friend) Jayden Coppens (Source: Family friend)
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Charges are pending against an 18-year-old after a multiple vehicle wreck left a child dead and eight people hospitalized.

Huntsville Police said Gunner Joseph Scarano of Owens Crossroads caused two wrecks in two different locations Tuesday around 6 p.m. The first accident happened at Bailey Cove Road and Mountain Gap Road. Four vehicles were involved at the wreck at that intersection. Four cases for leaving the scene of a crash were made there. No major injuries were reported from the first scene.

Shortly after the hit-and-run, police said Scarano caused a chain reaction wreck a mile and a half away by hitting a Toyota van driven by Andrea Coppens at the intersection of Bailey Cove Road and Weatherly Road. Three children were in the van with Coppens. One of Coppens' daughters, 10-year-old Jayden, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The force of the collision caused the van to slam into a Kia Soul, which hit a Lincoln Town Car, then swiped a Honda minivan and a Toyota truck. In all, six vehicles were involved in the second wreck.

HEMSI transported eight people to Huntsville Hospital and three were critical at the scene.

Blood samples were collected from Scarano and test results are pending. According to investigators, this is protocol in all traffic accidents. If Scarano has any medical issues it will be in the test results. Huntsville Police spokesman Dr. Harry Hobbs said Scarano had no history of prior incidents of that nature.

The investigation is ongoing and Huntsville Police are working with the district attorney's office, as they do on all traffic homicide cases.

"I saw him in the back rear view mirror about a second before he hit me, and I slammed on the gas to try to move out of the way, and he hit the corner of my car," said John Ragland who was involved in the first wreck.

"From what we can gather so far, he just rammed through everybody sitting here at the light," said Sgt. Dan Dean with the Huntsville Police.

According to police, Scarano was trapped inside of his burning truck after hitting the vehicles on Weatherly Road. He faces life-threatening injuries at a burn center at UAB Hospital.

A vigil for the victims is planned for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the YMCA on Weatherly Road. Life's Journey Church is leading the candlelight service.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Coppens family at Redstone Federal Credit Union to help with medical and funeral costs.

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