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Suspect charged in brutal beating death of female truck driver on side of Interstate 59/20

Updated Aug 31, 12:45 PM

A suspect is being held on more than $1.5 million bond in the horrific beating death of a female truck driver on Interstate 59/20.

Charles Levester Gipson, 39, is charged with murder in the Aug. 19 killing of 53-year-old Christine Summers.
Summers was driving a truck for RTR Transportation in Tennessee. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and had been driving a truck for about 30 years.

According to authorities and family members, Summers was on the phone with her husband, Lamer, with whom she used to team drive, when she said she saw someone or something in the road and thought she should stop to make sure she hadn’t hit something. She hung up with her husband and stopped to check and called 911.

When she got out to check, Gipson was standing there, authorities and family members say, and he attacked her, brutally and unprovoked. Summers was still on the phone with a 911 operator and the killing was reportedly captured on the 911 call.

Within moments, Summers’ body was discovered - about 3:20 a.m. that Wednesday - on the side of the Interstate 59/20 near the Valley Road exit. Truck driver Ozell Johnson said he was driving on the interstate on his way to deliver a load to the Mercedes plant. He said he saw another 18-wheeler on the side of the roadway and looked, as he always does, to make sure it was about to pull out in his path.

It was then he noticed a woman – now identified as Summers – on the ground near her truck. He stopped and approached her to ask if she was OK, but she was unresponsive and bloodied.

He then called 911. Johnson said he assumed the woman had fallen from the truck’s catwalk. The truck door was locked, and Summers had the truck key and a flashlight beside her.

Summers was pronounced dead on the scene.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the interstate, though the State Bureau of Investigation assumed the lead in the probe.

Within the hour, Gipson was taken into custody. Hueytown Police Chief Mike Yarbrough said his officers received a call of a man in the middle of Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive. The chief said police quickly determined he was a suspect in a homicide, though he couldn’t elaborate. They knew SBI was working that homicide and took Gipson to the Hueytown City Jail to await questioning by state agents.

Once at the jail, Yarbrough said Gipson attacked two Hueytown officers. They received minor injuries.

After SBI obtain the murder warrant against Gipson, he was taken to the Jefferson County Jail on Aug. 22 where he has remained since his arrest.


Christine R Summers
September 20, 1966 ~ August 19, 2020 (age 53)


Frank Green
5 days ago
Words escape me. My mind cannot even wrap around what has happened. Christine Summers was a beautiful, hardworking, wife, mom, and grandmother. She and her husband, my first cousin, Lamar, have been truck drivers for, at least 30 years.


Charles Levester Gipson, 39, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of 53 year old semi truck driver Christine Summers.
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