A late night drunk driving accident has claimed the life of a Jackson County woman, according to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd. Harleston resident Shelly Pierce died at the USA Medical Center in Alabama from injuries sustained in the one-car accident.
Byrd tells WLOX that around 1:30 Saturday morning, the Sheriff's Department received a call about an accident in the Harleston community, north of Hurley, where Pierce's van struck a tree.
Byrd says that the 41-year-old was at a bar drinking heavily earlier that night. The sheriff reported that the bartender had to cut Pierce off, and she was given a ride home with a friend.
According to the investigation, when Pierce arrived home, she got into a domestic dispute with her husband. Pierce then left her home, driving a white van.
Shortly after leaving her home, Byrd said the woman drove 300 feet off the main road and struck a large pecan tree. Pierce was then airlifted to USA Medical Center where she was declared dead a few hours later.
Byrd said both speed and alcohol were factors in the accident.