'Thank God it wasn't worse': Family hit by accused drunk driver

WAAY 31 did some digging and found the accused drunk driver has two previous DUI convictions.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 10:53 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 8:13 PM

The man accused of driving drunk, crashing into a car full of people, and sending several to the hospital early Wednesday morning is out of the madison county jail Wednesday night.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. on Bailey Cove rd and Chesterfield rd.

The family who was hit told WAAY 31 they feel so lucky, because two of them were in a serious head on wreck just hours before.

In that wreck they told us the other driver was distracted by a cell phone.

The family was heading back home to Arab after those two got out of the Huntsville Hospital when they were rear ended.

"The impact was so hard that it knocked out the back window and I hit a brick wall and then went clear across the whole entire lanes of traffic," said Renee Pruitt.

After spinning around, because of the sheer impact, the driver responsible walked up to them.

"This drunk walks up and wants to know if everybody is ok and you can't even talk straight," said Pruitt.

44 year old Samuel Taylor was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

WAAY 31 did some digging and found Taylor has two other DUI convictions in the state that date back more than twenty years ago.

Because those happened so long ago this DUI will be treated as a first time offence.

He faces possibly a year in prison and a minimum $600 fine.

"He was walking around at the accident and we're all injured and hurt. I no longer have a car. No telling how long it will take before I get one," said Pruitt.

Pruitt said his neck and back are in severe pain.

The rest of her family is also bruised from the wreck.

"Thank God it wasn't worse. That nobody died, that we were pretty well beaten up," said Pruitt.

Pruitt said the serious accidents her family went through, 2  in under 12 hours, are yet another harsh reminder to do the right thing on the road.

"Keep your head in your game on what you're doing. You're in that car to drive and drive safely, so be aware of your surroundings. Follow the speed laws, don't play with your food, your phones, don't drink and drive," said Pruitt.

On top of being charged with DUI, Taylor is also charged with not having insurance.

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