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Follow-up of fatal accident that claimed Orange Beach police officer's life

FOLEY   --   On September 17, 2013 at approximately 8:50pm, Orange Beach Police Officer Mike Stockwell was traveling north bound on the Foley Beach Express in his unmarked police vehicle, a 2003 Cheverolet Blazer. 

The other vehicle operator, Mrs. Ann  Blankenship of Foley was traveling south bound on the express in a 2009 Toyota Camry and made a left turn to go east on County Road 12.

Investigation revealed that Officer Mike Stockwell had the right of way and Mrs. Blankenship failed to yield the right of way. Officer Stockwell was in the inside lane and swerved right trying to avoid Mrs.

Blankenship's vehicle. Mrs. Blankenship's vehicle side swiped Officer Stockwell's vehicle causing it to get sideways, turn up on its side a few feet and then started flipping.

Officer Stockwell was ejected from his vehicle. Officer Stockwell was not wearing a seat belt as indicated by data that Foley Police Accident Investigators recovered from the police vehicle nor was speed a factor with Officer Stockwell. 

Investigation has also revealed that Mrs. Blankenship had been traveling most of the day and was coming from Little Rock Arkansas with the final destination being Foley. 

Officer Mike Stockwell did not survive the accident and was found deceased on scene.  The county coroner also responded to the scene and conducted a separate investigation into the fatality death. 

This is an on-going investigation and is not complete pending toxicology reports etc.  At the time of this press release, we do not have any indication that alcohol was involved. 

This investigation, when complete, will be coordinated with the District Attorneys office to be presented to a Baldwin County Grand Jury in the future.   The Foley Police Department does not have any additional information to release at this time.