Former Postal Inspector Dies From Crash Injuries

Former U.S. Postal Inspector Preston Parnell died Thursday as a result of traumatic injuries sustained in an on-duty 2007 car crash, reports the Birmingham News.

Parnell was working with an FBI agent on a Hurricane Katrina disaster fraud case, when both were injured in the Jan. 25, 2007 crash on U.S. 43 in Tuscaloosa County.

Parnell was reportedly never able to return to duty. 

According to the Birmingham News, Parnell, 46, was a native of South Carolina and graduate of the Postal Inspectors Academy in Potomac, Md. He began his inspection service career in 1991 and was assigned to Birmingham to work on mail fraud cases. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

A viewing is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Southern Heritage Funeral Home on Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham. A Memorial Service is set to follow at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in the memory of Preston Parnell to the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309