Son of Alabaster councilman remains in hospital after wreck

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The son of an Alabaster City Council member remained in the hospital Nov. 29 after he was involved in a single-vehicle accident Nov. 25 on Morgan Road in Bessemer.

The wreck happened at about 2:20 p.m. Thanksgiving Day when a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Kyle Hicks, the son of Alabaster Councilman Bob Hicks, lost control and struck two trees. The wreck happened between Yancy Drive and Aviation Road.

Kyle Hicks

Following the wreck, paramedics transported Hicks to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Hicks did not regain consciousness during the transport, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

As of Nov. 29, Hicks remained in the hospital, and had taken a “turn for the worse,” said Alabaster Mayor David Frings.

“Everyone needs to keep him and his family in their prayers,” Frings said.

A passenger in the truck also suffered non life-threatening injuries, and was transported to UAB Hospital.

The wreck happened while Hicks was driving up a hill, and was likely the result of wet roads, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies found no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement in the wreck.

Hicks graduated from Thompson High School in 2003, and Jacksonville State University in 2008. He joined the U.S. Army in 2009, and trained to be a combat medic at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

The wreck happened while Hicks was home visiting his family. He is scheduled to be deployed to the Middle East in December.