An Anniston woman was killed Thursday afternoon when her car was struck from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic near Ohatchee, officials said.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said he got a call shortly after 1 p.m. about the wreck at the intersection of Alabama 144 and Boiling Springs Road.
Brown said 21-year-old Kaylia Jordania Starks was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:40 p.m. He provided her name Thursday evening after notifying her family of her death.
Starks was travelling west on 144 and was stopped in a white 2016 Nissan Versa, waiting to turn left onto Boiling Springs Road.
“A woman in a red SUV hit her from behind and the impact pushed her into oncoming traffic,” Brown said.
A Humvee carrying Army National Guardsmen traveling east on 144 struck the Nissan again, Brown said, and the woman’s vehicle fell into a ditch near the intersection.
The driver of the red 2016 Chevrolet Equinox was taken to Regional Medical Center by state troopers, but did not appear to be injured, the coroner said. No one in the Humvee was injured, Brown said.
According to state troopers, the driver of the Equinox was Jessica McClain of Glencoe and the driver of the Humvee was Alan Spears of New Hope. The driver of the Versa was not wearing a seat belt, according to the troopers’ report.
At the scene of the crash, emergency workers held up a blue tarp to shield the woman’s body from view. State troopers, firefighters and others were working at the scene. A Humvee and a trailer it towed were sitting in the grass along the right of way.
Brown said that while looking for the woman’s identification, he found a card congratulating her on the recent birth of her child. The child was not in the vehicle at the time of the wreck, the coroner said.
“It’s really sad,” Brown said. “She had so much ahead of her to look forward to in life.”