Trucker Facing Charges After Loose Tire Strikes and Kills Motorist
Peach County, GA – A Florida truck driver is facing numerous charges after a motorist was tragically killed last Sunday afternoon along I-75 when her vehicle was struck by a tire that came loose from the trucker’s big rig.
According to the Peach County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Yurien Bello, of Miami, was charged on Tuesday with 2nd degree vehicular homicide, unsafe vehicle/equipment, and defective tires – all misdemeanors.
The fatal accident occurred along I-75 shortly before 2 p.m. on August 11 near Byron, GA.
Investigators say Bello was operating southbound when two tires flew off of his tractor-trailer.
One of the loose tires then bounced across the median and into the northbound lanes.
It then collided into the windshield of a passenger vehicle driven by 36-year-old Jennifer Thomas of Gray, GA.
Thomas was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators say her child and parents were also traveling with her inside the car at the time.
They each suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Officials say the tire that struck Thomas’s vehicle was recovered the next day 50 yards off of the interstate.
The Georgia State Highway Patrol is still investigating what caused the tires to come loose.
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