May 15, 2019—1:30 P.M.
A two-vehicle accident in Cherokee County, Alabama early Wednesday morning claimed the life of one local teen, according to Cherokee County Coroner, Jeremy Deaton. The incident took place on County Road 14, just off of County Road 19.
Colby Jake Slayton, age 19, was pronounced dead at the scene with the cause of death being multiple blunt force trauma.
Slayton, of a County Road 431 address, was a junior at Spring Garden High School.
County Road 14 was closed in both directions for an extended period of time following that wreck, as an investigation into the accident was being conducted. The lead agency was the Cherokee County Coroner’s Office, with Alabama State Troopers, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd EMS, the Cherokee County Rescue Squad and the Mt Weisner Fire Department all responding.
This is the second Cherokee County student to in less than two weeks to tragically die – as a 17-year-old Cedar Bluff High School senior, Damien Hymbaugh – lost his life on May 5th in a motorcycle accident.