UPDATE: Police Charge Gulf Shores Hit and Run Suspect with Manslaughter, DUI

This is a 2013 mugshot of David Justin Todd

5:30PM UPDATE — David Justin Todd is charged with manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license revoked, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death.

GULF SHORES, AL (WKRG) — Gulf Shores Police say 26-year-old Aubrey Coggin from Foley was the victim of a fatal hit and run crash Sunday night.

Police say, David Justin Todd, 40, of Gulf Shores was behind the wheel of the van that fled the scene.

According to court records, Todd has pled guilty at least three previous times to charges of DUI.  Gulf Shores Police say alcohol was a factor in this crash.  Earlier it was reported Coggin had stopped on the bridge to help other drivers involved in an earlier accident after 9:30 Sunday night.  Coggin was apparently trying to direct traffic when he was hit by the van.

The van and its driver were taken into custody by Orange Beach Police at a gas station in Elberta nearly eight miles away.  We’ll continue to follow this story and bring you updates as we get them.

People continue to share their memories of Aubrey Coggin on social media.  In a Facebook Message exchange with News 5, friends say he was the kind of friend anyone would want to have.

“Great guy would give his shirt off his back for someone,” said friend Justin St. Antoine.

Picture Courtesy Monica Dilley.

“He would help anyone out. Nice, kind very friendly.  He could make [just] about anyone smile. He was the life of the party.”  Kind sentiments were echoed by many others.

“He was an avid Outdoorsman love to fish and hunt love this family.  [He] had a lot of friends,” said In-law Rick Herder via a text message exchange.  He said Aubrey’s actions defined his character and he was exactly the kind of person who would help others broken down on the side of the road.

“The way he loved this whole family, and when he did something he did it to the fullest.”  Family members said Coggin leaves behind a fiance and 18-month-old daughter.


The van is being kept in the GSPD impound lot
Damage seems to be concentrated on the front passenger side.
Picture Courtesy Monica Dilley.
Picture Courtesy Monica Dilley.
Picture Courtesy Monica Dilley.

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