A suspect attempting to escape from police in south Alabama on Friday night died after colliding head-on with another vehicle, leaving a young teacher and her mother dead.
Alabama state troopers said the collision occurred just before 10 p.m. when Christopher Ryan Pritchett, 36, of Thomasville in Clarke County was fleeing from Thomasville police southbound on U.S. 43. Pritchett’s 2009 Cadillac CTS crossed the median and collided with 2016 Nissan Rogue, which was traveling northbound.
In a Facebook post Saturday, Thomasville City Schools said that Megan Brunson was a teacher in the system and that Wanda Brunson was her mother. The school system said Megan Brunson’s daughter and sister were the juveniles who were injured.
Megan Brunson was in her second year in the school system and was set to teach sixth grade language arts in the upcoming school year.
“Words cannot express how devastating this news has been for me,” Kyle Ferguson, principal of Thomasville High School, said in the Facebook post, “and my heart breaks to know how we will all be impacted by Megan’s loss. She was a shining star that had so much incredible potential. Please keep her daughter and sister in your prayers.”
The wreck occurred near mile marker 83 just south of Thomasville in the Fulton Community, about 95 miles north of Mobile, troopers said. WKRG in Mobile reported that Thomasville police would not comment on the reason for the pursuit.
According to court records, Pritchett was arrested by Thomasville police on Monday and charged with felony breaking and entering of a vehicle. He was released on bond the next day, court records said.
“We have lost a valuable member of our Thomasville family” Garth Moss, Thomasville school superintendent, said in the Facebook post. “She was a wonderful young lady who in a short time had made an impact on the lives of her students. We ask that you keep her family and the Thomasville family in your prayers.”