UPDATE: Driver identified in crash that killed medical student on I-65 service road

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — UPDATE (3:22 P.M. 8/4/20): Mobile Police have identified the driver in an accident on West I-65 Service Road as 36-year-old Jonathan Nakhla.

The crash killed third-year medical student Samantha Alison Thomas. According to Infirmary Health’s website, Nakhla is a neurosurgeon at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center in Mobile.

Samantha Alison Thomas

UPDATE (5:05 p.m. 8/3/20): Mobile Police have identified the woman killed in a traffic accident on West I-65 Service Road Saturday morning.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, at about 12:41 a. m., police responded to West I-65 Service Road in front of the Econo Lodge hotel in reference to a traffic fatality. The vehicle was traveling south on West I-65 Service Road, left the roadway and rolled before coming to a rest in a ditch. The female passenger, identified as 24-year-old Samantha Alison Thomas, succumbed to her injury on the scene. The male driver was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.


One woman is dead after a fatal accident on I-65 near Airport Blvd. Saturday morning, police say.

Police arrived on scene to a traffic fatality on West I-65 Service Road in front of the Econo Lodge. Police say the vehicle left the roadway and rolled before coming to rest in a ditch.

The woman died on scene of the accident, while the male driver was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

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