Victims in Black Warrior River boating crash identified
The victims of a July 4th deadly boating crash on have been identified and neither wore a life jacket, according to a sergeant with the ALEA Marine Patrol division.
According to the Hale County Coroner Howard Paige, 47-year-old Richard Glover and 23-year-old Destiny Graben both died in the boat collision on the Black Warrior River.
ALEA'S Sgt. Walter Lacey said at a news conference that six people were in one boat and two were on the other at the time of the crash. but none had safety vests at the time of the crash.
The cause of the wreck is still being investigated by state police but Sgt. Lacey did say each boat was moving when it happened.
Many people in Hale County knew Glover and Graben but were hesitant to talk on-camera. ABC 33/40 confirmed Graben lived in Northport and Glover lived in Akron.
Graben was described by friends as someone who was loved by everyone.
People who knew Richard say he never met a stranger and would talk to anyone who would listen.
One gas station clerk says she could always count on his conversations.
Tina Tinker told ABC 33/40, "He used to come in the store frequently. It's like a community store (where) everybody stops by every day. (He was ) a good person, a really nice person. It was very shocking to see it happen that quickly and that fast."
The drivers of each boat were given a sobriety test after the crashes.
The coroner says the autopsies remain incomplete.