Update: Trooper says passengers were wearing seat belts in Seale wreck that killed three teens

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJune 9, 2013 

A one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Seale, Ala., killed three teenagers and injured the four other passengers.

Central-Phenix City students Darius Washington, 15; Chelsea Tolbert, 15; and Kateria Robinson, 16, were killed in the wreck on Carver Road, near U.S. Highway 431.

Washington and Tolbert were going to be sophomores in the fall, and Robinson was going to be a junior, said Phenix City Schools Superintendent Larry DiChiara.

“Chelsea was on the dance team,” DiChiara said. “This is obviously an incredible tragedy. All of these students were bright with a great future.”

The teenagers were pronounced dead on the scene by Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr., who had his entire staff working the accident.

The passengers were wearing seat belts, according to State Trooper Kevin Cook.

Marvin Anthony Alexander, 37, was driving his 2003 GMC Envoy when he lost control of his vehicle around 3:10 p.m. The Envoy then struck a guardrail and overturned off a bridge.

Investigators are considering speed to be a factor in the accident.

Passengers Joann Robinson Bellamy, 58, and Kelsey Bellamy, 17, were transported to The Medical Center for injuries. According to the hospital, both Bellamys were in the intensive care unit listed in unsatisfactory condition Monday afternoon.

Kelsey Bellamy is a junior at Central High School.

Tramain Evans, 9, was airlifted to Emory Hospital in Atlanta. Evans is a fourth grader at Ridgecrest Elementary. His condition is unknown as Emory does not release patient updates.

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