Daughter of Albertville man killed in Marshall County car crash speaks out

Fatal wreck in Horton
Fatal wreck in Horton(Albertville Fire)
Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 8:04 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2022 at 9:25 AM CST
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HORTON, Ala. (WAFF) - A daughter blames her father’s death in a car crash on a lack of safety measures.

“I don’t believe daddy would have laid in that creek for 11 hours somebody would have seen the wreckage,” said Regina Smith.

Early Friday morning, emergency officials responded to a single-car crash on Old Oneonta Road. Roger Duke was killed when his car slid off the road and struck an embankment.

After investigating, ALEA officials said the crash happened on March 4, Thursday night.

“He was just, always joking, telling jokes, and laughing. We lost a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, and if it can be avoided, I don’t want anybody else to have to go through this,” said Smith, daughter of Duke.

Now she is demanding; that the bridge be properly secured with guard rails.

“You can probably see from people passing here there is a hard curve before and after this bridge, and over the years, there have been many deaths on this bridge. I was met with resistance, and I am not blaming anyone, but we still don’t know what caused the wreck,” said Smith.

WAFF 48 also reached out to county commissioner Lee Sims who said the commission applied for a grant last July to help put up guard rails.

He said it could take up to several months before they are approved.

Albertville Fire, Albertville Police and Alabama Law Enforcement Troopers were all on the scene. ALEA officials are continuing the investigation on Friday.

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