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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
As reported last week, two individuals died in a wreck following a police chase, with one of the drivers being charged with reckless murder.
The third victim in the wreck has now succumbed to her injuries. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency released its second update last Friday, January 5, stating that 64-year-old Regina G. Rutledge succumbed to injuries sustained during the December 28 crash.
Rutledge, the driver of the 2005 Nissan Altima involved in the wreck, was pronounced deceased last Thursday, January 4, at the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Others who died in the crash were Rutledge’s passenger, 98-year-old Aron C. Haynes of Valley, and the passenger of the other vehicle, an 18-year-old juvenile.
According to ALEA, the wreck occurred the morning of December 28 when the Altima collided head-on with a 2018 Kia Forte driven by 20-year-old Wesley T. McKinnon of Troy, who was attempting to elude law enforcement at the time of the crash, which occurred on U.S. Highway 29 in Valley.
The following day McKinnon was released from Piedmont Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. He was then arrested by troopers with ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division and charged with two counts of reckless murder at that time, with him being booked into the Chambers County Jail.
While it was not reported whether another charge was added for McKinnon, the most recent update provided by ALEA stated that McKinnon recently underwent a bond hearing and received a verdict of “no bond.”
He remains in custody at the Chambers County Jail, and ALEA State Troopers are continuing to investigate.