Two Lee County Fatalities

July 8, 2013

Two men lost their lives in two separate accidents Saturday night and Sunday morning in Auburn and Opelika.


At approximately 9:10 PM Saturday night, 19 year old Jayson Logan Tippett of Auburn was killed instantly when he apparently pulled into the path of a tractor trailer.  Tippett was traveling north on AL Hwy 147 and attempting to cross US Hwy 280 West when the collision occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:28 PM. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Tippett did have on his seatbelt and died from massive internal injuries. Tippett was on his way home when the accident happened. Auburn Police, Alabama State Troopers, Auburn Fire, and EAMC EMS responded to the call. The accident remains under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.

At approximately 11:25 AM Sunday morning, 57 year old Samuel Ray Gilbert Jr of Texas was killed when he was struck by another vehicle on Interstate 85 at the 60 mile marker in Opelika. Gilbert, traveling south, had been involved with another vehicle, also traveling south, in a minor collision and had pulled to the left side of the southbound lane. He apparently got out of his vehicle and was standing behind it waiting on police to arrive to work the accident. Another vehicle traveling south apparently lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway, and struck Gilbert, pinning him between the two vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:35 AM from massive blunt force injuries. Gilbert had his two teen children in the vehicle with him and they were not injured. They were on their way home to Texas after a family gathering in Georgia. The driver of the vehicle that struck Gilbert was not injured as well as the two occupants of the vehicle that Gilbert had the first collision with.  Traffic on I-85 was slowed for a few hours while Opelika Police investigated the two accidents. The accident remains under investigation by the Opelika Police and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.