Ala. crane driver faces murder charges in crash


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A grand jury has charged a crane driver with murder over a crash that killed two people.

A Mobile County grand jury on Friday indicted John D. Lopez on a count of murder. He had previously faced a charge of vehicular homicide.

Investigators said Lopez was driving a crane back from a job site in northern Alabama on Oct. 26 when he stopped in a right lane. ( ) reports that a pickup truck slammed into the back of the crane, killing James Wilson Barber and Lorine Lilly Frazier.

A police officer earlier testified that Lopez told a nurse that he had taken pills and methamphetamine.

Defense attorney Dennis Knizley accused prosecutors of overreaching. He said the accident was the result of mechanical failures and Barber's driving.


Information from: Press-Register,

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