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Separate investigation looks into deadly accident Law firm Clay, Massey & Colvin collecting data


By: Letisha Bush Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 8:44 PM CDT Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 2:38 PM CDT


FOX10 News has learned a separate investigation into a deadly accident is being conducted in addition to the Prichard Police Department's investigation.


PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - The Prichard Police Department released new developments on a fatal car accident that claimed the lives of a 17-year-old and his 12-year-old sister.

Ty'vone Millender, 17, and Timberley Jones, 12, were pronounced dead near the intersection of Telegraph and Bay Bridge roads in Prichard Sunday, June 16.


According to a Prichard Police Department press release Melvina English, the children's mother, was driving a Nissan Maxima with Jones in the front seat and Millender in the back. Authorities said English was headed east on Bay Bridge Road when she attempted to turn left.


"It appears from our police report that Ms. English was trying to take a left turn off of Bay Bridge onto Telegraph and she failed to yield the right of way and that's when she was hit," said Prichard Public Information Officer, Robert Buchanan.


Both children were pronounced dead on the scene. English is still recovering at USA Medical Center.

"It seems everyone is talking about it. When you have two young people to die like that it's especially hard to take," said Buchanan.


Police said Javorise Tunstall was driving the second car involved. They said Tunstall was driving west on Bay Bridge Road in an Acura with his girlfriend, Shaterrica Shavers, and their 6-month-old baby. They were all taken to area hospitals and authorities say, they suffered non-life threatening injuries.

FOX10 News has learned a separate investigation is underway.


Clay, Massey & Colvin said their law firm's is collecting data and putting together an analysis. Accident Reconstruction Specialist, Michael P. Murphy is collecting data for a separate investigation, as requested by the family.


"The scene, witnesses, the vehicle.. any damage.. anything involving reconstruction of the accident scene itself," said Murphy.


Even though Murphy has been working fatal car accidents for years...he says investigating a crash, involving children, never gets easy.


"It's been very somber. They've been leaving stuffed animals for the children. It's really a sad situation all the way around. You have children that pass in an accident like this it's never a good thing," said Murphy.