Police investigate wreck involving unrestrained 3-year-old
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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Police took blood and urine samples from a woman involved in two-vehicle crash on U.S. 78 Thursday morning to be tested by the Department of Forensic Sciences, according to Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield.

Brandy Michelle Haller, 26, of Heflin, was taken by helicopter to UAB Hospital for possible head injuries after the wreck on Thursday, Benefield said. Her 3-year-old son, who was unrestrained in the car, was taken to Regional Medical Center by ambulance for possible head injuries. Benefield said Friday morning the child had been released from the hospital and was in custody of the Department of Human Resources. He did not have updated information on the boy’s condition.

Benefield said an officer went with Haller to UAB to collect blood and urine samples from the woman, and sent the evidence to the Department of Forensic Sciences lab in Hoover.

Benefield said it could take anywhere from two months to a year for police to get the results from Hoover.

“It depends on how many cases they have in front of us,” he said. “And I have no idea how many they have.”

Benefield said Haller was still at UAB as of Friday morning, but he did not know her condition. Haller was in and out of consciousness at the scene of the crash, he said.

Haller was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang around 9:30 a.m. when she rear-ended a Heflin Water Department truck near Ervin Circle, Benefield said. The city truck sustained minor damage while Haller’s vehicle was “possibly totaled,” according to the chief. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.
Staff writer Laura Camper contributed reporting to this story.

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