Accident claims two lives

Published 10:53 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2018

OPELIKA — A two-vehicle head-on collision Monday night about 11:17 p.m. CDT at the 138-mile marker of US Hwy 280 East in Opelika, just outside the city limits, has claimed the lives of a Phenix City woman and an Auburn man.

Seventy-year-old Gail Lee of Phenix City and 32-year-old Ki Tack Lim of Auburn were killed when the vehicles were involved in a head-on collision. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris pronounced both Lee and Lim dead at the scene at 11:45 p.m. Both victims died instantly from multiple blunt force impact injuries. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and there were no other occupants of either vehicle.

At approximately 11:17 p.m., Lee County Sheriff’s office received a call of a vehicle traveling west in the eastbound lane of U.S. Hwy 280. Deputies were immediately dispatched to attempt to locate the vehicle and drove up on the accident two minutes later. It appears that Lim was traveling west on the wrong side of the divided highway when he struck Lee head on. It is not known how long that Lim may have been on the wrong side of the road.

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Toxicology analysis will be conducted to determine if alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the Lee County Coroner’s office and the Alabama State Troopers of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Sheriff’s office reports

LaFAYETTE — One person was arrested in Chambers County on Monday. According to Chambers County Sheriff’s Office reports, Justin McKeehan, 27, of Valley has been charged with being a fugitive from justice.

There were 166 inmates in the Chambers County jail on Tuesday morning.