Alcohol a factor as embellished captain and commandant James Halsell Jr is apprehended after his auto rear-ended another on Alabama highway, killing two young girls
Astronaut James Halsell Jr seemed the very definition of someone with the right stuff an Air Force Academy graduate and decorated test pilot, he flew on five space shuttle assignments, either as commandant or aviator. Nasa even turned to him for leadership as it was picking up the slice after the Columbia disaster in 2003.
Now, a decade after his retirement from the seat organization, the 59 -year-old Halsells life has taken a scandalizing turn: he is charged with assassinate after an early morning automobile clang killed two young sisters on a lonely stretch of superhighway in Alabama.
State police said alcohol and velocity may well be influences in the crash.
Troopers said a vehicle driven by Halsell crashed about 2.50 am on Monday with a Ford Fiesta in which 11 -year-old Niomi Deona James and 13 -year-old Jayla Latrick Parler were razzing. The girls were thrown from the car and died. Neither had been wearing a seatbelt, the authorities said.
Halsell, who live in Huntsville, was arrested and released from jail on $150,000 bail.