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Savannah Gilbert, who died in a wreck last Friday, had just recently become a registered nurse and started working at UAB’s Emergency Department earlier this month. Photo submitted
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
A two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 8:35 a.m. last Friday, September 22, has claimed the life of an Alexander City woman.
Savannah Yendor Gilbert, 22, was fatally injured when the 2023 Hyundai Elantra she was driving collided head-on with the 2010 Mercedes-Benz driven by Gary T. Ledwell, 69, of Grapeland, Texas. Gilbert was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Gary Ledwell and Nancy C. Ledwell; 72, also of Grapeland, Texas, a passenger in the Mercedes; were both transported to Russell Medical Center in Alexander City for treatment.
The crash occurred on Alabama Highway 9 near the 151-mile marker, approximately 6 miles west of Alexander City, in Coosa County. Nothing further is available as troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.
Those who responded to the scene were Coosa County deputies, Coosa County Ambulance, Kellyton EMS, and Ray Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Coosa County Coroner Jack Brewer was also notified since the wreck resulted in a fatality.
While ALEA’s report stated that Gilbert was a resident of Alexander City, Wright’s Funeral Home described her as being of Kellyton. A Celebration of Life service was held for her Wednesday afternoon at Wright’s Funeral Home Chapel in Alexander City with interment immediately following in New Life Memorial Gardens.
Gilbert graduated from Jacksonville State University on August 4 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She took her board exams on September 1 and officially became a registered nurse.
Gilbert accepted a job offer to work as a registered nurse at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB, Emergency Department. She had just begun work there September 11, less than two weeks before the fatal wreck occurred.