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Driver who struck HERO worker receives multiple citations

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The tractor-trailer that struck a HERO worker in Gwinnett Tuesday afternoon was unfit for the road, officials said.

Twenty-seven-year-old Troy Moore of Conyers was picking up tire debris on Interstate 85 near Old Peachtree Road when the big rig slammed into a pickup truck, sideswiped another and struck him as he was returning to his vehicle.

Moore was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, now identified as 54-year-old Jesse Arnold, received multiple citations Wednesday, including unsafe lane change, failure to yield to emergency lights and following too closely, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

He was also charged with operating an unsafe vehicle following an investigation by the Department of Public Safety's motor carrier compliance office. Details regarding specific findings leading to that charge were not available Wednesday.

At the scene, Arnold reportedly told police that his brakes had

malfunctioned.