Two Lee County Fatalities
July 8, 2013
men lost their lives in two separate accidents Saturday night and Sunday
morning in Auburn and Opelika.
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
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.