Sycamore man charged with manslaughter in death of teen
by Aziza Jackson
TALLADEGA COUNTY — A court hearing has been set for Donald Patterson, 56, of Sycamore, who was arrested on charges related to the death of a Sycamore teen who was struck by Patterson’s vehicle late August in an alcohol-related accident.

David Rhodes Jr., 15, was fatally struck by a 1999 Ford driven by Patterson on the afternoon of Aug. 24 as Rhodes and his 16-year-old girlfriend walked along Sycamore Cemetery Road, four miles north of Sylacauga.

Both the16-year-old victim and Rhodes were transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center for medical treatment.

Rhodes was pronounced dead at the Coosa Valley Medical Center E.R. at 7:10 p.m.

Alcohol was named as a factor in the death of Rhodes, who was a student at Winterboro High School.

Patterson was initially charged with driving under the influence while the state troopers finished up their investigation, and posted a $1,000 bond for the misdemeanor.

It has been confirmed by the District Attorney’s Office that Patterson has officially been charged with one count of manslaughter, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injury, now that the state troopers have concluded their investigation.

“We can confirm that he was arrested,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney Christina Kilgore. “It appears that he may bond due to the public record showing a consolidated appearance bond of $50,000.”

Patterson’s hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 6 in District Court Judge Ryan Rumsey’s court in Sylacauga.

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