Victims in fatal Highway 231 crash identified

Published: Jul. 10, 2017 at 7:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2017 at 10:13 AM CDT
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Traffic at US 231 in Pike County at the 58 mile marker. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Traffic at US 231 in Pike County at the 58 mile marker. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

PIKE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Troopers have identified the victims of a fatal multi-vehicle crash that happened on U.S. Highway 231 Monday afternoon.

Trooper Kevin Cook with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says Debra Meyers Askew, 61 of Brundidge, Robert C. Pecnick, 49, and his wife Suzette, 46, of St. Augustine, FL, have been identified as the victims.

Askew was critically injured when the 2005 Lexus she was driving struck a Hyundai driven by Robert Pecnick. Askew was transported to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan where she died a short time later.

Both Robert and Suzette Pecnick were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle, a Navstar tractor-trailer, was not injured.

The crash happened near mile marker 58, which is at the Pike-Coffee county line.

Heavy traffic in the area forced troopers to shift the stalled southbound traffic into one northbound lane. The area is now clear and southbound lanes have since reopened.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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