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Alabama Woman Charged With Murder After Pregnant Mother Of Four Killed In Car Crash

Police say Anna Lea Dalrymple had "a cocktail of drugs" in her system when she collided with a car carrying Audra Rogers, who was pregnant, and her four young sons. 

By Jax Miller
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An Alabama woman has been charged with murder after police say she caused the death of a pregnant woman in a deadly car crash.

Anna Lea Dalrymple, 36, was charged with reckless murder and four counts of first-degree assault for causing a crash that killed Audra Mary Rogers, according to AL.com. Police allege that Dalrymple's 2007 Volvo went over the center line on US 43 north of Northport on July 5, 2021 and drove head-on into Rogers’ Honda Pilot.

Rogers’ four young sons were seatbelted in the back seat and treated at a local hospital for serious injuries; Dalrymple is charged with assault in those cases as all four survived the crash. Rogers, who was pregnant with her fifth son, was however pronounced dead on the scene.

Dalrymple was also charged with domestic violence and reckless endangerment for having her own infant daughter (who was not properly restrained) with her in the vehicle. Dalrymple and her child were treated and released from a local hospital.

Court records obtained by WBRC showed Dalrymple allegedly had Xanax, Klonopin, Gabapentin, Methadone and EDDP in her system when she caused the wreck.

Rogers’ family has filed a civil lawsuit against Dalrymple, according to WBRC. Paul Patterson, the attorney representing the family in the suit, said one of the children had to be airlifted to the hospital and that the four children’s medical bills cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

He added that he hoped to get transcripts of 911 calls made moments before the crash.

“We do know that the clerk at the convenience store acknowledged Mrs. Dalrymple’s behavior was odd, and the clerk in the convenience store actually called 911,” Patterson stated.

Last week, Patterson made a new statement on behalf of Rogers’ family.

“Audra’s four young sons lost their mother because of the intentional and reckless behavior of Anna Dalrymple,” he stated. “We trust a Tuscaloosa County jury will hold her accountable and render the maximum sentence for this reprehensible act.”

According to AL.com, Dalrymple was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on Feb. 24 and released the same day after posting $137,000 bond.

It was not clear if Dalrymple has retained legal counsel.

Friends and loved ones took to social media to express their sadness over the death of Rogers, who was a bodybuilder and a three-time powerlifting state record holder.

“Our hearts are heavy from the loss of one of our own at Strong Inc.,” one business posted to their Facebook page days after Rogers’ death. “Please join us in prayer for our longtime friend and gym member, JR Coleman, as he mourns the loss of his girlfriend, Audra Rogers, and their unborn baby boy. Our prayers are also with Audra’s boys who are in the hospital and the family of those involved. God, please be with those sweet boys.”

Crunch Fitness of Tuscaloosa mirrored the sentiment.

“All of us here at Crunch Tuscaloosa are just devastated by the loss of Crunch Tuscaloosa member and friend, Audra Rogers, who was tragically killed in a car accident yesterday,” they posted last July. “Our deepest condolences go out to her family. She inspired and motivated, and her smile would light up a room. She is going to be greatly missed here at Crunch.”

A GoFundMe page was created to help with the boys’ healthcare costs and other associated expenses.

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