Former Space Shuttle Commander charged in alcohol related fatal crash


Former Space Shuttle Commander James Halsell, Jr. has been indicted on charges of reckless murder in the (allegedly) alcohol related fatal crash that caused the death of two children, Jayla Parler, age 12 and Niomi James, age 11.


The incident occurred on June 6, 2016 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

Here is a link to the police report.  Halsell’s vehicle allegedly was traveling at a very high rate of speed and rear-ended and crushed the other vehicle.  The investigating officer wrote that Halsell admitted drinking wine at a motel, but did not remember leaving the motel.  He had slurred speech, dilated pupils, disheveled clothes, smelled of alcohol, appeared confused and had unstable balance. A search of his motel room found an empty wine bottle and an empty sleeping pill bottle. The reports do not indicate if a blood alcohol test was taken.

A civil lawsuit has been filed by the parents of the victims.

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