Woman Tragically Killed by Truck Tire in Accident in Houston County, Georgia
HOUSTON COUNTY, GA- Newsweek.com writes that a tire broke off of a truck and struck a woman in the head. The victim was walking her dog near an overhead bridge during the weekend when the incident occurred.*
The driver operating the truck is now facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death.
According to the police, the tire traveled 300 yards before it collided with the victim’s head, fracturing her neck and causing fatal injuries to the 22-year-old woman. One of the investigating officers stated that after working for more than three decades with the police force, the incident likely ranks as the most serious “freak accident” he has ever seen.
Reports indicate that the victim left home in the evening and that her fiancé went to look for her after she failed to return. Eventually, he found her located not too far from the trailer park where the couple resided. The victim was lying on the ground face down close to the intersection of Georgia State Route 49 and Highway 11.
Responders transported the woman to the Houston Medical Center, where medical providers declared her dead.
While police are referring to the incident as accidental, they arrested the driver because they believe that he saw the tire hit the victim and failed to call 911 or report what happened. Police say that following the tragic accident, the driver contacted someone to pick him up from a location near the scene. The abandoned truck was left nearby, sitting on the roadside with a missing tire.
Police say that additional charges are possible against the driver. The suspect posted bail and was released from jail a day after the deadly event.
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