The corner of Weatherly and Bailey Cove Road where a 10-year-old girl was killed in the massive vehicular homicide on May 28. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)
The corner of Weatherly and Bailey Cove Road where a 10-year-old girl was killed in the massive vehicular homicide on May 28. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)

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10-year-old killed in massive traffic homicide

Published 11:50am Wednesday, May 29, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — A 10-year-old girl was among several injured in a string of accidents caused by a single driver on May 28.

Huntsville Police said Gunner Scarano, 18, of Owens Crossroads caused several accidents around 6:00 p.m. in South Huntsville.

“The first accident Mr. Scarano initiated occurred at Bailey Cove Road and Mountain Gap Road,” Police spokesman Harry Hobbs said. “He was involved in four Hit and Run wrecks  at that location with four vehicles  involved there. Four additional cases for Leaving the Scene were made at that scene.  No major injuries were reported from that scene.”

Upon leaving the scene, Scarano continued northbound on Baily Cove Road before reaching the intersection of Weatherly and Baily Cove where he struck a Toyota minivan driven by Andrea Coppens. Coppens had three children in the van and her daughter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hobbs said the crash caused a chain-reaction of accidents.

“Coppens’ vehicle slammed into a Kia Soul, which struck a Lincoln town car, swiped a Honda minivan and also hit a Toyota truck,” he said.

Scarano’s car burst into flames after the last vehicle was hit and he was entrapped in the vehicle. He was later transported to the UAB Burn Center in Birmingham with life threatening injuries.

In all, ten vehicles were involved and HEMSI transported eight injured people to Huntsville Hospital. Three of the injured were listed in “Priority 1″ condition. Hobbs said blood samples were collected from Scarano and tests are pending.

The investigation is ongoing and Huntsville Police are working with the District Attorney’s office

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