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Lanett, AL – Eric Minix Loses Life in Crash on I-85

Lanett, AL (January 5, 2024) – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency confirmed that Deputy Sheriff Eric Minix lost his life as a result of an automobile accident that occurred late Wednesday evening, January 3. At around 11:55 p.m., authorities out of Chambers County were called to the scene of an accident on Interstate 85.


Reports provided by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency indicate that 25-year-old Decedric Donson was driving a stolen 2022 Dodge Challenger on the interstate during the evening hours. A pursuit, starting in Coweta County, continued across multiple counties before crossing state lines. After entering Alabama, the police set up stop sticks that were able to stop the vehicle successfully.


The officer out of Georgia who was pursuing the vehicle, identified as Deputy Sheriff Eric Minix, exited his vehicle will and began to give commands to Donaldson when a Lanett, Alabama Police Department cruiser struck him. Minix was severely hurt in the crash. He was rushed to Alabama Medical Center-Lanier in Valley, where he succumbed to his injuries. At this time, the incident is being investigated.


We offer our sympathy to the family of Eric Minix. Our thoughts are with them during this very challenging time.


Fatal Auto Accidents in Alabama


In the year 2022, the state of Alabama witnessed a devastating loss of nearly 990 lives as a result of automobile accidents. Despite having several laws in place to protect motorists, the number of fatalities continues to rise each year. In most cases, the increase in fatal accidents is due to negligent and careless driving behaviors. Reckless actions such as impaired driving, speeding, inattention, and disregarding traffic control devices at intersections contribute significantly to car accidents in Alabama, resulting in collisions, severe injuries, and the sudden and unexpected loss of life.


Dealing with the aftermath of losing a loved one in a fatal accident is incredibly challenging. Families often find themselves overwhelmed by financial hardships, including funeral expenses, burial costs, and the loss of the deceased's earnings. Taking timely legal action after losing a loved one is critical when it comes to protecting your legal rights.


Seeking the services of a reputable Alabama wrongful death lawyer can provide invaluable support for your family in pursuing a legal claim for compensation. A wrongful death claim provides crucial financial resources to navigate the challenging aftermath of the tragic loss of a loved one and obtain the necessary financial resources to address the damages you may face immediately after the accident and in the future.

When you choose to collaborate with our seasoned team of Alabaster car accident lawyers at Cockrell, Cockrell, Ritchey & Ritchey, LLP, you can have peace of mind knowing that we will tirelessly pursue justice on your behalf. With a combined experience spanning over eight decades, our empathetic attorneys deeply comprehend the pain and suffering caused by a fatal accident. We are committed to advocating for your rights and diligently working to secure equitable compensation for the losses you have endured. Take the first step towards seeking justice for the unexpected death of your loved one by contacting our esteemed Alabama law firm today at 205-349-2009. Our compassionate team is here to assist you and explore how we can best support your legal needs.


Notes: Our writers relied on secondary sources to create this article. Our staff has not independently verified all of the circumstances surrounding this accident; therefore, if you find any incorrect information, please contact Cockrell, Cockrell, Ritchey & Ritchey, LLP immediately so that we can update the post to reflect the most accurate information available. The post may be deleted upon request.


Disclaimer: This post's content is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice. The image used in this post was not taken at the described accident scene. This post is not intended as a business solicitation.


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