Three killed in 3-vehicle wreck on highway

Published 10:43 am Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Brundidge woman and two others were killed Monday when three vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 231 on the line of Pike and Coffee county lines four miles north of Ariton

Debra Myers Askew, 61, of Brundidge was critically injured when the 2005 Lexus she was driving struck a 2015 Hyundai driven by Robert C. Pecnick, 49, of St. Augustine, Fla. Pecnick and his wife Suzette(46) were pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Jerry Williams.  Mrs. Askew was transported by air to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan where she died a short time later.

The driver of a third vehicle that was involved in the crash, a 2014 Navstar tractor-trailer, was not injured.

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The wreck occurred near mile marker 58 and blocked both southbound lanes of the highway. All southbound traffic was blocked for over an hour before officials could re-route one of the northbound lanes into a southbound lane.

The ALEA said the incident remains under investigation.