The crash happened around 7:20 a.m. when a southbound dump truck driver tried to turn left from the Parkway onto Hobbs Island Road, said Huntsville police Lt. Michael Johnson. The dump truck, which is registered to Reed Contracting Services, Inc., collided with a northbound pickup driven by Pannell.
Johnson said a 2012 Kenwood dump truck registered to Reed Contracting was southbound on the Parkway to turn left onto Hobbs Island Road. Johnson said the dump truck turned in front of Pannell, causing a collision in the intersection.
Police have collected evidence showing the dump truck driver turned left without yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic. The dump truck driver, who is believed be at fault, voluntarily gave a blood sample for drug and alcohol testing, Johnson said.
The crash is still under investigation and subject to be revised or amended once more evidence is gathered and once toxicology results return, Johnson said in a statement to news reporters.
Johnson said evidence currently shows the dump truck driver, whose name has not been released, turned left without yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic and is at fault for the crash.
Pannell died at the scene. No one else was injured, said Don Webster, a spokesman for Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc.
Kendall Chase Pannell of Arab was driving a pick up truck northbound on Memorial Parkway. An accident report from Huntsville Police states the driver of a dump truck owned by Reed Contracting was driving southbound.
Investigators say evidence shows the driver of the dump truck turned onto Hobbs Island Road without yielding to oncoming traffic.
A toxicology report is being processed for the driver of the dump truck. The name of the dump truck driver has not been released at this time.