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Police charge truck driver in fatal I-85 wreck

DULUTH — The driver of a tractor-trailer that caused a fatal wreck which killed a 32-year-old mother on Interstate 85 earlier this month is facing charges following the investigation.

Gwinnett County Police on Friday said Thomas Caldwell, 67, of Greenville, S.C. was charged with second degree vehicular manslaughter and making an unsafe lane change in the accident that killed Rabia Adnan, a mother of two. Adnan was thrown from a Nissan Pathfinder driven by her husband on I-85 at Steve Reynolds Boulevard on July 8. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said Caldwell turned himself in at the Gwinnett jail on Thursday and was released on $1,950 bond on Friday.

Though police said Caldwell continued to his destination in Cobb County, and did not stop at the scene, he was not charged with hit and run, Smith said.

“While investigators concluded that Caldwell caused the accident by making the unsafe lane change, they found no evidence that Caldwell’s tractor trailer struck the Nissan Pathfinder,” Smith said.

In the accident, the Pathfinder was forced to its right when Caldwell’s tractor-trailer on its left changed lanes. The Pathfinder then hit a box truck, careened off the interstate near Steve Reynolds Boulevard and rolled several times.

Adnan’s husband and children — a 7-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl — were taken to a hospital but were released within two days.

Comments

rocket1350 1 year ago

You forgot one very important aspect to this story: The woman killed was not wearing her seat belt. That a pretty important fact to leave out. Arguably, she might have survived if she wasn't thrown from the wreck.

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rextim 1 year ago

There's also another important aspect to embrace. She wouldn't have been killed had the truck driver not drifted out of his lane.

Also, I've not heard of any cases where belted occupants were ejected from vehicles. A reader can infer that she was not wearing it since she was ejected. Not necessarily an important fact to leave out on the author's behalf.

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Veryconcernedcitizen 1 year ago

That's giving most of the people reading this way too much credit!

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daculascott 1 year ago

Adnan was thrown from a Nissan Pathfinder driven by her husband on I-85 at Steve Reynolds Boulevard on July 8. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

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