Winston Career Academy instructor killed, suspect charged with murder
Terry "Bubba" Lewis (photo from Winston County Schools){p}{/p}

A Winston Career Academy instructor died Monday night after being struck by a vehicle, according to the Winston County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was 40-year-old Terry "Bubba" Lewis of Double Springs.

The incident occurred Monday around 7 p.m. on County Road 18 just north of Double Springs.

Sheriff Caleb Snoddy said Christan Daniel Modas, 30, of Killen, Alabama was the driver of the vehicle that hit Lewis.

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Modas is charged with murder and is being held at the Winston County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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Lewis was an automotive technology instructor. He'd worked for Winston County Schools for 18 years.

"He was happy almost every time you saw him. He didn't meet really a stranger. He was just a joy to be around," said Greg Pendley, Winston County Schools Superintendent. "The faculties in all of our communities and sites are close so, they took it hard, some of them did."

Several students have won awards for the skills Lewis taught them.

"He could relate to the students and he was able to teach them in such a way that they understood it and were able to go do those competitions and be successful," said Pendley.

Counselors were available for students today.

Lewis's reach went outside of the Career Academy.

"There's a lot you could say about Bubba as we know him, Bubba Lewis, but just one of the good guys. There for anybody at the drop of a hat," said Matthew Taylor. "Family man, always eager to help at work, home, anywhere. He'd stop. I really believe if you called him at two o'clock in the morning he'd be on his way."

Taylor has known Lewis his whole life as both of their families were involved in the auto mechanic industry. Lewis actually sent some of his students at the Career Academy to work with Taylor at his shop.

Taylor was stunned by Lewis's death.

"In this town, we leave our doors unlocked. Me and some friends were talking earlier and you just never expect this kind of thing to go on here," he explained. "You feel safe. You don't think of that happening. When you get that call like we did last night, you don't know how to react."

Lewis was also a husband and father.

It is unclear what led up to the incident on CR-18. The sheriff's office has not released a motive at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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