Huntsville Woman Charged with Reckless Murder in Fatal Car Crash

Jessica Jean Gatewood, 50, has been formally charged with murder after she caused a fatal car crash in Limestone County this past September.  She now faces charges of reckless murder, driving under the influence, two counts of third-degree assault, and driving while revoked.  Gatewood remains in Limestone County Jail with bail set at $33,500.

State troopers accuse Gatewood of driving under the influence when she rear-ended a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 565 near Mooresville on September 25th.  Gatewood was driving nearly 70 miles per hour, in a 60 mph zone, when she collided with a Range Rover driven by Terrell Kent Hollingsworth.  Hollingsworth, 45, of Decatur, died from injuries at Huntsville Hospital two days after the wreck.

Court records show that Jessica Gatewood had been convicted three previous times for DUI.  She was charged in November 2010 with DUI in connection with a traffic accident in Limestone County.  While the case was pending, Gatewood was arrested two more times for driving under the influence.  She was arrested by Decatur Police on February 6, 2010.

After being arrested a second time in July of 2012 by Limestone County police, District Attorney Brian Jones’ office filed a motion to revoke Gatewood’s bond on the 1st case.  However, before she was arrested, the district attorney’s office allowed her to plead guilty to both Limestone county charges.