Selma Assistant Fire Chief arrested in Jefferson County Fatal Hit and Run

Published 3:53 pm Monday, June 29, 2020

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A Selma Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief was arrested in a fatal hit and run accident last weekend in Jefferson County.

According to ALEA’s William Elston, a two-vehicle crash occurred on June 27 at Interstate 59-mile marker 103 near Bessemer.  Alabama District Attorneys Association Secretary of Treasurer Michael Jackson and Elston both said the accident involved Selma Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Franklin Edwards.

Pineville, Louisiana resident Matthew Scott Sartin, 22, died in the crash. Sartin was driving a 2000 BMW 1200 motorcycle. The accident took place June 27 at 12:52 a.m. and Sartin was pronounced dead at 1:04 a.m., June 27.

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As ALEA officers investigated the crash, troopers found a second vehicle, a 2009 BMW 750 sedan, two miles south of the accident scene abandoned and disabled. Law enforcement discovered the vehicle was driven by Edwards, a Marion resident.

A felony arrest warrant was issued for Edwards by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. Edwards, 49, was arrested and transported to the Jefferson County Jail with a $10,000 bond. Edwards is currently out on bond.

The Selma Times-Journal made multiple attempts to reach Edwards by phone, but he did not return those calls.

Elston said that the accident remains under investigation by ALEA.