Cullman woman charged in July 2018 death of Gold Ridge man

Ashley Victoria Boackle (Cullman Police Department)

CULLMAN, Ala. – A Cullman woman has been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide and running a red light in connection with a July 2018 car crash that claimed the life of a Gold Ridge man.

Ashley Victoria Boackle, 25, is charged in the death of Joseph Dale Spradlin, 55.

The incident happened shortly before 7 a.m. July 26, 2018 at the intersection of Alabama Highway 69 and Alabama Highway 157.

“A blue Toyota RAV4 driven by Ashley Victoria Boackle, 25, of Cullman collided with a silver Chevrolet Spark driven by Spradlin, resulting in Spradlin’s death,” said Cullman Police Department Lt. Jeff Warnke at the time.

Sgt. Joey Duncan, who led the investigation, said Tuesday morning, “After the investigation was over, we determined as a traffic homicide unit that human error caused the crash. We relied on witness statements and especially video surveillance.”

Duncan said Boackle was traveling north on Alabama Highway 157 and Spradlin was driving south on Alabama Highway 69.

“She proceeded through the red light and collided with Mr. Spradlin causing a fatal accident,” said Duncan.

According to Duncan, after the traffic homicide packet was turned in, warrants were issued and arrangements were made with Boackle’s attorney for her to turn herself in Monday.

Boackle has made bond.

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Wendy Sack