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Charges filed in fatal wreck in Centre, Alabama

December 10, 2018--8:11 a.m.


A Lyerly, Georgia man has been charged in connection to a two-vehicle accident that killed an elderly couple Friday night in Centre, Alabama.

According to Cherokee County Coroner Dr. Jeremy Deaton, Jerry Cox, Sr. Age 82 of Centre was pronounced dead on scene by Chief Deputy Paul D McDonald. Patricia Cox, age 81 of Centre, Mr. Cox’s wife, was taken to an area trauma center where she died as a result of her injuries. Both subjects died from apparent multiple blunt force trauma and the manner of death is currently under investigation by the Coroner’s office.

The accident occurred at approximately 8:11 pm, at the intersection of Chestnut Bypass and East Main Street in front of O’Reilly Auto Parts.

According to Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship, 58-year-old Charles Owen Lang was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on Friday night following the wreck on charges of DUI and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance. On Sunday, he was additionally charged with two counts of Manslaughter.

Lang remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond.

The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office and the Centre Police Department are investigating the circumstances surrounding the wreck.