Hanceville man charged with murder in DUI death

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Kelvin Rex Hathcote (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

Updated 1-22-21 1:33 p.m.

CULLMAN, Ala. –  A Hanceville man was arrested Jan. 15 after being indicted on six counts by a Cullman County grand jury for his role in the vehicle crash that caused the death of a 16-year-old girl from Arab.

According to court records, the grand jury on Nov. 4, 2020 indicted Kelvin Rex Hathcote, 50, on one count of reckless murder by vehicle, one count of reckless manslaughter, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of homicide by vehicle and one count of second-degree assault. All of the crimes are felonies.

The charges stem from a two-vehicle wreck that happened Dec. 23, 2019 along U.S. Highway 231 in Cullman County in which Hathcote was driving a 1998 Cadillac Deville, allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance. Ana Grace “Gracie” Anderson was a passenger in a 2008 Nissan Xterra pickup driven by her father Roger Dale Fortenberry. The Nissan collided head-on with the Cadillac, according to Alabama State Troopers. Both drivers were injured and transported to Huntsville Hospital. Anderson was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital, where she died four days later on Dec. 27, 2019 due to injuries sustained in the crash.

Hathcote’s bail was set at $90,000. He remains in the Cullman County Detention Center.

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Wendy Sack

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