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Suspect Arrested in Death of Off-Duty Opelika Police Officer

Jimmy Vickerstaff, Jr. is charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. (Courtesy: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Jimmy Vickerstaff, Jr. is charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. (Courtesy: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

AUBURN, AL (AP) - An off-duty Opelika police officer is dead after a head-on collision in Auburn and one man is behind bars.

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller said 37-year-old Corporal William Belk III died at the scene of Sunday's accident. He was 37.

Police said Belk's black Jeep collided with a green Ford Explorer around 2:30 p.m. on Sandhill Road.

Auburn Assistant Police Chief Tommy Dawson said the driver of the SUV fled the scene on foot.

Thirty one year old Jimmy Vickerstaff, Jr. of Auburn was arrested and charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation says Vickerstaff is being held at the Lee County Detention Facility.

An investigation by Alabama state troopers continues.

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