An allegedly drunk driver who caused a deadly wreck on Highway 43 last month has been charged with the victim's reckless murder, according to court documents obtained by the Thread.

The collision happened late on the night of February 24th, about 15 minutes before midnight, around two miles outside Northport city limits.

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Police say 34-year-old Juan Sebastian Sebastian was driving a 2005 Ford F-150, reportedly swerving in and out of his lane when he collided with a 2014 Chevrolet Captiva being driven by Casey Mitchelle Jackson, a 30-year-old woman from Berry, Alabama.

Jackson was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt and did not survive the crash.

In the court documents filed Tuesday, investigators said they found an open bottle of beer under Sebastian's seat, but he was injured in the wreck and taken, unconscious, to DCH Regional Medical Center then airlifted to UAB Medical Center in Birmingham.

Blood samples taken during his hospitalization allegedly showed the alcohol in Sebastian's blood exceeded legal limits for driving.

Apparently recovered enough to face charges, Sebastian was arrested Monday and charged with reckless murder, documents show.

He was booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he remained Tuesday afternoon.

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