Woman charged with murder after 4-year-old dies in car crash

Published 4:19 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2018

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – A 43-year-old Oneonta woman is facing reckless murder and drug charges after she was arrested by U.S. Marshals in the wake of a late-July fatal crash on Fulton Springs Road in Alabaster.


U.S. Marshals arrested Amy Reeves Silver at her Oneonta home on Aug. 21 and charged her with counts of reckless murder, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and disregarding a railroad warning device.

Silver is charged in connection with a July 30 crash on Fulton Springs Road, during which her vehicle was struck by a train at the crossing near the Martin Marietta quarry. The crash happened shortly before midnight.

Sharon Smith, 4, of Oneonta, was pronounced dead on the scene following the crash, and Silver was airlifted to UAB Hospital where she was treated and released.

The charges were brought against Silver following an investigation by the Shelby County Traffic Homicide Task Force.

According to court documents, Silver was allegedly driving under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance at the time of the crash, and recorded a 0.06 blood-alcohol content and 4.3 nanograms per milliliter of THC in her bloodstream following the crash.

As of Aug. 21, Silver was being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $154,000.