Birmingham, AL – A tragic traffic crash in Mountain Brook has taken the life of 10-year-old Annabelle Mullican. The incident, which occurred on Saturday, July 22, 2023, has led to charges being filed against Dr. Sarah Kathleen Cumbest Mullican, Annabelle’s mother, who is an anesthesiologist.
Dr. Mullican now faces charges of reckless manslaughter and felony attempting to elude, according to a statement released by the Mountain Brook Police Department. These charges were issued by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
As of the latest reports, Dr. Mullican has not yet been taken into police custody. She is being represented by attorneys Tommy Spina, Brett Bloomston, and Ben Preston.
Tommy Spina expressed the tragedy of the situation and its profound impact on numerous lives, stating, “This is such a tragic event with so many far-reaching collateral consequences on so many levels to so many people.” He added that arrangements are being made for Dr. Mullican’s surrender and requested that the community keep Annabelle’s family, friends, and those affected by this incident in their thoughts and prayers.
The fatal crash occurred on Cherokee Road in Mountain Brook around 5:30 p.m. on the fateful day. According to the police report, an officer stationed in the driveway of a residence on Old Leeds Road observed a white Toyota Highlander traveling at a high rate of speed on Old Leeds Road, heading toward him from Crosshill Road.
The officer clocked Dr. Mullican driving at 47 mph in a 30-mph zone. He followed the SUV, noting that it repeatedly swerved out of its lane. When Dr. Mullican turned left onto Cherokee Road, the SUV nearly collided with another vehicle it turned in front of.
The officer activated his emergency equipment and initiated a traffic stop. However, as noted in the report, the SUV seemed to accelerate after the officer turned on his lights and siren. The vehicle ultimately ran off the right side of the road, striking several trees and overturning before coming to a stop in a ditch on the right side of the road.
Tragically, Annabelle, who was seated in the driver’s side back seat, was not wearing her seatbelt, and she suffered a major head injury. She was unresponsive at the scene and later pronounced dead at Children’s of Alabama at 6:20 p.m. Her fatal injuries included a skull fracture.
Dr. Mullican, who sustained abrasions on her arms and legs, was treated at the scene by Mountain Brook Fire and later taken to Children’s of Alabama. Her 8-year-old daughter, Callie, who was in the passenger’s side back seat and properly restrained with her seatbelt, also suffered abrasions on her arms and legs. Callie was transported to Children’s of Alabama for treatment.
Dr. Mullican was subsequently admitted to Brookwood Baptist Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation and issued a traffic citation for reckless driving. A search warrant was executed for her blood and saliva samples at the hospital, though the results of the toxicology report have not yet been released.
Mountain Brook Police Chief Jaye Loggins has indicated that more information will be provided once the warrants are served on Dr. Mullican. In the midst of this tragic incident, the community has come together to grieve the loss of Annabelle and support her family through this incredibly difficult time.
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