Man indicted on reckless murder charge in fatal wreck

Published 10:06 am Thursday, August 24, 2017

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A Shelby County grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against a 30-year-old Calera man upholding reckless murder and drunken driving charges brought against him in the wake of a fatal crash on Interstate 65.


During its August term, the grand jury indicted Daniel Joseph Robinson, who lists an address on Daventry Trail in Calera, on one count of reckless murder and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Robinson has entered not guilty pleas to both charges.

Robinson’s charges stemmed from an Aug. 4, 2016, 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 indictments, he allegedly did “recklessly engage in conduct which manifested extreme indifference to human life and created a grave risk of death to a person other (than himself)” when allegedly drove a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Reckless murder is a Class A felony. If indicted and convicted on the charge, Robinson could face up to life in prison. He was released from the Shelby County Jail the same day he was arrested after posting a $75,000 bond.

Robinson is set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court on Oct. 2 for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m.