|U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller Announces the Arrest of Marvin Crigler|
Memphis, TN – At the direction of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Mervin Crigler was arrested in St. Louis earlier today for Vehicular Homicide, DWI, Vehicular Assault, and Aggravated Assault. These charges stem from an incident on November 6, 2019. A deadly accident occurred near Arlington TN on I-40 near exit 26.
Tennessee Department of Transportation contractors Jared Helton and Justin Stafford were killed and State Trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol LeJulian Roy was injured.
Warrants were issued by Shelby County for Crigler’s arrest on the above-listed
charges. Investigators with the Memphis office tracked the fugitive to an address in St. Louis. Deputy Marshals in St. Louis took him into custody without incident.
TRUCK WAS REPORTED STOLEN
Penske truck company confirmed to WREG on Thursday that the truck involved in the crash was reported stolen. The company did not say where or when the truck was reportedly stolen and referred all questions to law enforcement.
“We stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation. Penske extends its sincere condolences to the loved ones of those victims involved in this tragic accident,” a Penske representative wrote in an email.
The people killed were TDOT contractors and were both from Kentucky. They were employees of A & A Safety and were identified as 30-year-old Justin Stafford and 22-year-old Jared Helton. A third A & A worker, Cody Fultz, was injured in the crash.
Both men killed were standing on the roadway replacing markers in a construction zone when they were hit by the truck. The state trooper and the injured Fultz were in their respective vehicles. MORE
FROM THE COVINGTON LEADER:
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified Covington resident LeJulian Roy as the trooper involved in Wednesday’s deadly accident near Arlington.
Trooper Roy was parked in a work zone in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40, near exit 26, when a semi plowed into three parked vehicles and two men contracted to work for the department of transportation.
The semi, driven by Mervin Crigler of Garland, Texas, first struck the right rear of a 2012 Freightliner M2, which caused the box truck to leave the right side of the roadway, travel down the embankment and into the tree line. MORE
Jared Lee Helton age 22 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, November 06, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was born September 29, 1997, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to Richard and Lonja Freeze Helton. Survivors include one brother, Richard Bradley (Cassandra) Helton of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, two nieces, Aria, and Elli Helton.