Cop who died after crash was in separate crash less than hour earlier, police say

Cop who died after crash was in separate crash less than hour earlier, police say

A Huntsville, Ala., police officer who died this week after crashing his patrol car last month was involved in a prior crash less than an hour earlier, according to reports.

Officer Keith Earle, 46, a 25-year veteran of the city’s force, died Monday in a local hospital, a police spokesman said.

Earle had spent about two weeks in a hospital after colliding head-on with a Chevy SUV around 9:30 a.m. March 26, AL.com reported.

It was unclear whether his death was attributed to the crash or to another medical reason, WAAY-TV reported.

The other driver in that crash, identified as Aundra Jennings, 37, has been released from a hospital following treatment, AL.com reported.

After that crash, police learned that Earle had been involved in an earlier crash that same day. They said his patrol car rear-ended a 2015 Toyota Camry driven by Jonathan Baker, 31, of Huntsville, which had been stopped in a turning lane.

Huntsville police Chief Mark McMurray said the department was investigating both crashes.

“We are attempting to get answers to many questions that we all have," a police department news release says. "We will be respecting the family's wishes during this time so please be patient as we know everyone has questions surrounding these circumstances.”


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