From The Tribune staff reports
JASPER — A Walker County Grand Jury indicted a former Walker County Sheriff Deputy with vehicular homicide, in connection to a crash that killed a teen on Aug. 2, 2019.
Blake Hudson, 31, of Carbon Hill, was on duty when the indictment said he was speeding on Highway 69, without lights or a siren, when he hit an ATV driven by Austin Aaron, 14. The indictment states that Hudson was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Aaron was taken to Children’s of Alabama where he died a few days later.
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office said the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency took over the investigation of the incident immediately after it happened.
Hudson has bonded out of the Walker County Jail.
“…Unfortunately, investigations of this nature generally take a frustrating amount of time to conduct,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook. “That amount of time is vital, however, to carrying out a thorough and complete investigation, evidenced by the indictment itself.”
The sheriff’s office said the indictment is the first step to justice in the case.
“Our hearts and thoughts are with them as they prepare for what we hope will be a swift and judicious end to a terrible situation,” the post stated.