Timothy Caldwell, 19, of Jacksons Gap bonded out of the Coosa County Jail on Monday after he was arrested last Saturday night following a two-fatality accident.

Court documents state Caldwell ran on foot after the incident and admitted to drinking beer before the incident. Caldwell is charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injury, a Class C Felony.

An arrest warrant posted to the circuit clerk’s office states Caldwell talked to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency State Troopers after a crash left Monty Ray Jones of Sylacauga and a 17-year-old dead. Jones and the teenager were declared dead on the scene.

The warrant states Caldwell was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse in the right eastbound lane on U.S. Highway 280 when he dropped a JUUL vaping cigarette between his legs and looked down to pick it up. 

“While (Caldwell) was looking down, he didn’t see he was approaching a motorcycle until he looked back up at the roadway,” the warrant reads. “(Caldwell) didn’t have time to stop and collided with the rear of the motorcycle which caused (Jones and the passenger) to be thrown from the (motorcycle).”

The warrant states Jones and the teenager came to rest in the roadway while Caldwell’s vehicle ran off the road, crossed the median and came to rest against a tree.

“After the crash, (Caldwell) sat in his vehicle and then left the scene on foot,” the warrant reads.

The Coosa County Sheriff’s Department located Caldwell a short time later and brought him back to the scene to talk to troopers investigating the incident.

“(Caldwell) stated that he was driving the vehicle and collided with the motorcycle and ran off the road,” the warrant states. “(Caldwell) further stated that after the crash he was scared and ran from the scene. (Caldwell) also admitted to drinking 3-4 beers earlier in the night before the crash.”

Caldwell has been granted a preliminary hearing and will be in July before Coosa County District Court Judge Carlton Teel.

If Caldwell is found guilty he faces a prison term of one to 10 years.

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.