Car that crashed into Black Warrior River was going 130 mph

Car that crashed into Black Warrior River was going 130 mph

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This is the Dodge Challenger that crashed into the Black Warrior River in Greene County on March 9. Source: WBRC video This is the Dodge Challenger that crashed into the Black Warrior River in Greene County on March 9. Source: WBRC video
A diagram in the state trooper's report shows the path the Dodge Challenger took into the Black Warrior River. Source: Alabama Dept. of Public Safety A diagram in the state trooper's report shows the path the Dodge Challenger took into the Black Warrior River. Source: Alabama Dept. of Public Safety
The state trooper's report lists Kevin Gray as the driver of the Dodge Challenger. Source: Lashon Gray The state trooper's report lists Kevin Gray as the driver of the Dodge Challenger. Source: Lashon Gray
Brian Smith, Gray's brother, suffered back injuries in the crash. State troopers say he was a passenger in the vehicle. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Brian Smith, Gray's brother, suffered back injuries in the crash. State troopers say he was a passenger in the vehicle. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
GREENE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Missing man Kevin Gray was driving "in an aggressive manner," going 130 mph in a 35 mph zone before the car broke through a guardrail and plunged into the Black Warrior River more than a week ago, according to state troopers.

The state troopers' report reveals new details about the wreck and says Kevin Gray was driving the Dodge Challenger that was later pulled from the river. Gray has not been seen since the crash, and multiple searches in the water and on the riverbanks have not turned up any sign of him.

The report states Gray and a passenger, his brother Brian Smith, were traveling southbound on County Road 53 in Greene County when they wrecked around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

"The driver [of the vehicle] was driving in an aggressive manner at a high rate of speed," the report says.

The car went into a parking lot at the end of CR53, then crashed through a metal guardrail into the Black Warrior River.

Troopers say Brian Smith told them he and his brother got out of the car and sat on top of it until it began to sink. At that point, they both tried to swim to shore, but only Smith made it back.

Smith suffered back injuries in the crash, and it took him two hours to find help. The report states EMS arrived on the scene at 8 p.m., police were called at 8:24 p.m. and arrived at 9:59 p.m.

The report listed Kevin Gray as the alleged driver, and added that he had not been located at the time the report was submitted.

"Aggressive operation" is listed as one of the contributing circumstances to the crash. 

In an interview with FOX6 last week, Smith denied that speed was a factor in the wreck.

"It's been a long time before either one of us had been down here. We was talking about the concert, were looking forward and had already paid for the concert in advance and before we realized it, with no warning, before we realized boom, there it was," Smith said.

The report also says weather conditions were clear, the road was dry, vision was not obscured and the crash happened during daylight. It also states that no alcohol tests were given.

The report has a Huntsville address for Gray and a Eutaw address for his brother, Brian Smith. It also says the Dodge Challenger was a rental car from Birmingham. 

Search dogs were called in to help look for Gray on Friday, but they did not find him. A dive team also searched for him on Saturday.

Family members remain hopeful they will find out what happened to Gray, and get some closure.

Greene County's sheriff Jonathan Benison said most of the searches he's been involved then take about a day or two, and said the search for Gray was the longest one he had worked.

State and federal authorities are continuing a scaled-back search for Gray.

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