One arrested over 2016 fatal accident


An Iowa resident was arrested recently in connection with a May 2016 accident that left one person dead and two injured.

Fikret Husein Salic, 62, turned himself in to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office after being indicted May 12 by a Madison County Grand Jury, according to District Attorney Brian Risinger.

He will face a charge of criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

The grand jury then issued a warrant; Risinger said Salic’s son was made aware of the indictment, and relayed that information to his father. Salic then presented himself, was processed, and bonded out.

The indictment came in connection with a May 23, 2016, crash that occurred on I-45, one of two five-car collisions that took place in the same area in the southbound lane six miles south of Madisonville.

Reports indicate a 2003 Freightliner carrying bales of cotton, driven by Salic, collided with a 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by James Grimes of Huntsville.

That collision in turn forced the Chevrolet to collide with a 2010 Freightliner, driven by Donal Rutledge, 63, of Oklahoma, that was hauling a truck, Morgan said. This vehicle then collided with a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by Brandi Ford, 39, of Point Blank.

During the collisions, Morgan said a 2015 Dodge pickup, driven by James Kellner of Justice, was damaged as well, but he did not know the circumstances.

Grimes was trapped between the two semi trucks, and was pronounced dead at the scene, Morgan said.

The two injured passengers were taken to Huntsville Memorial Hospital for treatment.

According to the indictment, Salic is accused of failing to control speed and failing to maintain a proper lookout while driving, with led to the death of Grimes.