Calera man faces murder charge in I-65 crash

Published 11:57 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 29-year-old Calera man is facing a reckless murder charge after Alabama State Troopers said he was allegedly intoxicated when he caused an Aug. 4 wreck resulting in the death of a Clanton man.



The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency arrested Daniel Joseph Robinson, who lists an address on Daventry Trail in Calera, on Sept. 16 and charged him with one count of reckless murder. Robinson also is facing a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

He was released from the Shelby County Jail the same day he was arrested after posting a $75,000 bond.

Robinson’s charges stemmed from an Aug. 4 crash, which happened at about 11:50 p.m. on Interstate 65 about one mile south of Alabaster. The driver of a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer was parked on the shoulder of I-65 when a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Robinson struck the Mitsubishi.

The Lancer was then struck again by a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, and the Lancer caught fire. The driver of the Mitsubishi, who was identified as 43-year-old Clanton resident Robert Alan Gentry, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to State Troopers.

Robinson was not injured in the crash, and the driver of the Sonata was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries.

According to court documents, Robinson allegedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.06 percent at the time of his arrest.

According to Robinson’s arrest warrant, he allegedly did “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, recklessly engage in conduct which created a grave risk of death to a person other than himself” when he drove “an automobile while under the influence which resulted in an accident and thereby caused the death of another person.”

Robinson is set to appear in Shelby County District Court on Oct. 26 for a preliminary hearing. Reckless murder is a Class A felony, and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction.