Truck driver indicted for death of Shelby County woman

Published 3:14 pm Monday, October 17, 2016

NORTH SHELBY – The driver of a tractor-trailer in a wreck that killed a 25-year-old Shelby County woman has been indicted by a grand jury.

Chassidy Renae Garner-James, 39, of Holly Springs, Miss., faces a charge of criminally negligent homicide for causing the death of Jordan Alexa Mays-Matson on Oct. 20, 2015.



According to the indictment, Garner-James operated a “semi-truck with a defective brake system which defect was known to the defendant.”

Garner-James was extradited from Mississippi and is being held at Shelby County Jail.

Bond was set at $15,000.

An arraignment hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Shelby County Courthouse with Circuit Judge Lara Alvis.

Mays-Matson was killed when the 2008 Honda CR-V she was driving collided with a 2000 International tractor-trailer driven by Garner-James, according to Alabama State Troopers.

The wreck occurred near the intersection of U.S. 280 and Shelby County 280 at around 8:17 a.m. on Oct. 20, ALEA Trooper Chuck Daniels said.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers from the multi-jurisdictional traffic homicide unit reported to the scene of the accident.

Mays-Matson was pronounced dead at the scene. The Honda CR-V was also carrying an infant, who was injured and transported to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for treatment.

Garner-James also sustained injuries from the collision and was transported to Grandview Medical Center.