Man Arrested and Charged With Roadside Murder of Female Trucker
Birmingham, AL – A man has been charged with the August 19 roadside murder of veteran trucker Christine Summers.
According to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (ASBI), the murder occurred on Wednesday, August 19 on Interstate 59/20, close to mile marker 118 near Fairfield, AL.
Summers was 53 years old and a resident of Hazel Green, AL at the time of her death.
She had been a trucker for 30 years.
Last week, a post by Summers’ family revealed haunting new details about the circumstances surrounding her brutal murder.
The family said Summers, along with her husband Lamar, had been team drivers together for 20 years.
Lamar recently had to come off the road due to health issues, and Summers continued as a solo driver for Nashville, TN-based carrier RTR Transportation Services.
The family stated Summers was talking with her husband on her headset as she was traveling I-59/20 and told him she thought she may have hit someone.
Local news outlet AL.com reported Summers got off the phone with Lamar to call 9-1-1 and exited her truck.
Upon exit, she encountered 39-year-old Charles Levester Gipson.
Gipson allegedly attacked Summers, unprovoked, and left her for dead on the side of the interstate.
The brutal attack was reportedly captured on the 9-1-1 call.
Gipson fled the scene.
A short time later, trucker Ozell Johnson, who was on his way to deliver to a Mercedes plant, drove up on Summers’ rig parked on the side of I-59/20.
Johnson said as he was looking to make sure the truck was not about to pull in his path, he noticed someone on the ground.
He stopped his truck and found a bloodied Summers unresponsive, with her keys in-hand and flashlight nearby.
The truck was locked and nothing appeared to have been taken.
Johnson immediately called 9-1-1, assuming Summers had fallen from the truck’s catwalk.
Summers was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, Gipson made his way to Hueytown, AL (approximately 6 miles from where the attack occurred), where officials received a call about a man in the middle of Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive about an hour after Summers’ body was found.
Police Chief Mike Yarbrough with the Hueytown Police Department (HPD) said the department was aware of the homicide and took Gipson into custody to await questioning in connection with Summers’ murder.
According to Chief Yarbrough, Gipson became violent once at the jail and “attacked” two HPD officers.
Specific details of the attack was not revealed, but Chief Yarbrough stated the officers received minor injuries as a result.
On August 22, a murder warrant was obtained by ASBI against Gipson and he was transferred to the Jefferson County Jail.
He has been charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.
Arrest records reveal Gipson has previous arrests for rape, burglary, animal cruelty and felony probation violations.
However, all of those charges had been dismissed.
He remains in the Jefferson County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.
Summers was laid to rest on August 23.