SHEFFIELD — A passenger in a traffic accident that killed two people Friday night, including a 7-month-old baby, is in critical condition at a Birmingham hospital, officials said Monday.
Ashley Lanette Vaughn Hale, 26, 502 Glendale Ave., Muscle Shoals, continues to receive treatment at UAB Hospital, hospital spokesman Kevin Story said.
Hale, along with her 7-month-old daughter, Mariah Hale, were flown to UAB Hospital by jet late Friday.
Mariah Hale died Saturday morning, authorities said.
Reports indicate Hale and her daughter were passengers in a Nissan Altima driven by Amanda Leann Hyatt, 32. Hyatt, who lived with Hale and her daughter, died in the crash, authorities said.
The two-car accident occurred just after 8:30 p.m. Friday at South Jackson Highway and South Montgomery Avenue.
Reports indicate Hyatt and the Hales were taken to Helen Keller Hospital, which was less than a block from the accident scene. Police said Hyatt was dead on arrival at the hospital.
Police said Hyatt’s car struck a 1997 Ford Explorer that was turning from South Montgomery Avenue onto South Jackson Highway.
The reports indicate the Explorer was driven by 16-year-old Tuscumbia resident Arynton Jackson.
Ryan Wade Foster, 17, of Sheffield, was a passenger in the SUV. Neither was seriously injured, officials said. Police said the two boys were treated at Shoals Hospital.
Sheffield Fire Marshal Terry Lenz said a witness reported Hyatt’s car was traveling at an excessive speed when the accident occurred.
Lenz said it was a “violent” collision. He said rescue personnel used cutting tools to extricate Hyatt from her car and the two teens from the SUV.
It was the first traffic fatality in Sheffield this year.