Troopers report fatality on I-65


MOBILE, Alabama — One person was killed Thursday afternoon, March 19 in a three-vehicle crash on I-65 northbound at Exit 31, near Alabama 225 between Stockton and Spanish Fort.

According to a release issued Thursday evening by Sgt. Daryl Bogle with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Highway Patrol – Division A, based in Mobile, troopers responded to the crash at approximately 12:30 p.m. March 19.

According to the release, James Gicheha Njengere, 69, of Mobile, a passenger in a 2000 Toyota Tundra traveling north on Interstate 65, was killed when the vehicle, driving by 24-year-old Esau Waweru Kariuki of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, struck the back of an attenuator truck. The attenuator truck was behind a paint striping crew working on the interstate.

After impact with attenuator truck, the vehicle struck a commercial vehicle and overturned into the median.

Kariuki was transported to University Hospital in Mobile for his injuries. Njengere, who was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the report, did not survive the crash.