November 29, 2020


A former Alabama walk-on football player was killed in a car accident just days after celebrating his marriage.

Rowdy Harrell, a linebacker from 2009-12 from Moundville, died Tuesday night along with his wife while driving in the Florida Keys. Harrell, 30, went on to enjoy success as tire carrier in the NASCAR world working with Hendricks Motorsports.

He and his new bride Blakley were married on Saturday and they were traveling to their honeymoon when the accident occurred. It was a head-on collision on US-1, The Miami Herald reported.

The Hale County High School graduate was part of three national championship teams in 2009, 2011 and 2012 while graduating with a degree in human performance and exercise science.

The auto racing world came calling after graduation and he quickly gained acclaim for his work on the pit crew. He was twice a Xfinity Series champion pit crew member with JR Motorsports.

He was a tire carrier for the past eight seasons, working most recently with Alex Bowman of the No. 88 team of the NASCAR Cup Series.

“Our entire team is absolutely devastated at the loss of Rowdy and Blakley,” said Greg Ives, Harrell’s crew chief for the past six seasons, in a statement released by Hendrick Motorsports. “They were such positive, giving and passionate people who could not have been a more perfect match. Rowdy had an energetic and infectious personality. He was the heart and soul of our team and always kept us motivated, no matter the circumstance.”

Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.

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A store clerk in Mobile is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after attempting to stop an individual from stealing from his store on Wednesday.

a close up of a sign: Crime Scene Tape

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The incident occurred at the Speed Stop gas station on Government Street, according to a release from the Mobile Police Department. An individual stole several items from the gas station, including cases of beer.

After the theft, the store clerk chased the individual and jumped on the hood of the vehicle the individual was using to drive away. The car later took off with the store clerk wedged in between the driver’s door and door jam.

According to police, the vehicle took off towards Government Street and struck another vehicle head on after swerving into oncoming traffic. A second vehicle rolled over, while a third vehicle had minor front end damage.

Mobile police responded to the scene near Government Street and Ellis Avenue around 9:19 a.m.

Police found two children inside of the vehicle at the time of the crash — both were taken to the hospital. The store clerk was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Two other individuals were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Mobile police are still looking for the suspect.

“Three cases of beer stole out of the Speed Stop. Man dropped one. The cashier clutched the car and all this erupted behind it,” a witness, James Smith, told Fox 10.

If you have any information in the case, contact Mobile police at 251-208-7211.


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