Father and 2-year-old struck and killed by car in Pinson Valley; Victims identified (updated)

Life Saver helicopter on Highway 75 in Pinson Valley. (

Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle in Pinson Valley on Friday night, leaving one person dead.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirmed the incident that happened just before the Pinson Valley playoff football game ended. The pedestrians were hit near Highway 75 and Innsbrook Parkway.

A Life Saver Helicopter landed at the scene.

We have a crew at the scene and will have more information as it is made available.



Sgt. Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reports that a 59-year-old father and his 2-year-old son were struck near Pinson Valley High School as they attempted to cross Highway 75 to reach their parked car.{} The child was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The father was airlifted to the hospital by a Life Saver Helicopter.

The vehicle that struck the victims was driven by a 60-year-old, who did not see the victims crossing the highway. The driver was not injured in the accident.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family that has suffered this incredibly sad and tragic loss. It is such a heart wrenching example of how quickly things can change and how fragile life can be." Christian said.

Updated at 11:40 p.m. with details and ages of victims and driver.



The victims of Friday night's accident have been identified as 59-year-old Walter Smith and 2-year-old Noah Smith. The father and son left the Pinson Valley High School football game around 9:10 p.m. when the two crossed Highway 75 and were struck by a car driven by a 60-year-old.

Noah Smith was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent's East, where the child was pronounced dead. His father, Walter, was airlifted to UAB, where he died early Saturday morning.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reports the driver of the vehicle is cooperating with the investigation "in every way."

Updated at 10:40 a.m. with identity of victims.