Trial date set for man charged with reckless murder

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

A trial date has been set for a 27-year-old man charged with reckless murder in connection with a two-vehicle crash in September 2011 on U.S. 280 in Chelsea.

Angel Gonzalez

Angel Gonzalez

Angel Rubio Gonzalez is set to appear in court for trial on April 20.

Gonzalez’s plea date is April 7.

Gonzalez was charged with reckless murder after a two-vehicle crash on Sept. 24, 2011.

Authorities said at the time he was traveling west on U.S. 280 when his 2002 Ford Explorer left the right side of the road and hit a parked Buick on the westbound right shoulder at about 10:20 p.m.

Patricia Ann Swindall Morris, 51, of Sterrett was killed in the crash, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Scottie Morris, 40, also of Sterrett, was a passenger in the Buick and was taken to UAB for his injuries.

Driving under the influence and speed were factors in the crash, Alabama State Troopers said during the investigation.

Gonzalez lists a Birmingham address in court records.