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Woman killed in I-85 hit and run; truck driver found

Three vehicle crash on I-85 South. Tractor trailer involved in the accident kept driving.


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Crash on I-85 South

Three vehicle crash on I-85 South. Tractor trailer involved in the accident kept driving.

Three vehicle crash on I-85 South. Tractor trailer involved in the accident kept driving.

DULUTH — Police investigators are questioning the driver of an 18-wheeler who left the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 85 Monday afternoon.

A female passenger in an SUV was ejected and later died as a result of her injuries, and two children were transported to the hospital after the accident, said Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith. The children and the male driver are expected to survive.

At about 1:20 p.m., Smith said three vehicles were driving along I-85 southbound at about the Steve Reynolds Boulevard bridge, when an 18-wheeler changed lanes, clipping a Nissan Pathfinder, which then hit a box truck.

The Nissan crossed out of the roadway and up an embankment, flipping over the guardrail and rolling over several times before coming to a stop on the Steve Reynolds entrance ramp, Smith said.

The driver of the 18-wheeler did not stop at the accident scene, but police located him at his destination in Cobb County several hours later. Police have questioned the driver, although charges have not been filed. Smith noted that charges in fatal crashes often do not come until the conclusion of an investigation.

The interstate lanes and ramp had reopened by 4 p.m., after accident investigators processed the scene.

Comments

mickey 1 year, 4 months ago

These truck drivers think they OWN the road. They should be held double accountable!

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Susie_Cossmos 1 year, 4 months ago

Chances are the driver did not even know this car was hit. so many people ride in the trucks blind spots(which are many ) not making excuses. but when someone hits an 18 wheeler, its the drivers fault all the time. The driver services needs to educate all people(instead of being a money making scheme that it is). Truck drivers have extensive training, test ,physicals all the time. meanwhile regular drivers have nothing. and are given 5-10 year licenses. Really? If Georgia would open up the left lanes to truck drivers we would see less accidents. Because they are hooved up in the right lanes its hard for people to merge onto the freeway and or move over to get off.so of course the drivers look like bad. when its not their fault. People need to slow down and respect others out on the roads. I have lived in Gwinnett county for 10 years now and I have seen stupid stuff but a lot of drivers. where is the cops then? no where to be seen.. so what is our tax payers dollars really paying for?

I am a former driver of 21 accident free years.. no tickets either. I am 50 years old and to this day I have never been in an accident. its all about education. knowledge and respecting others on the road and following the laws of the roads. we all must be responsible drivers. driving is a easily privilege given and easily taken away.

I'm just saying my 2 cents worth. Have a Bless Day.

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