Driver Allegedly Driving High on Meth Causes a Fatal Car Accident in Thomson, Georgia
THOMSON, GEORGIA - A news report published on wrdw.com reports that the driver who allegedly caused a double fatal accident in Columbia County, Georgia, may have been driving while high on Meth.*
The driver is facing criminal charges after law enforcement authorities found that the man was driving under the influence of meth.
The Georgia State Patrol identified the driver as a 36-year-old man. The report states that the man drove his Dodge Dakota into the back of a semi-tractor-trailer truck a few miles East of Thomson.
The Columbia County Coroner’s Office reported on Wednesday that the names of the two people who were tragically killed would not be released until the family members have been notified.
According to the driver's arrest warrant, the accident transpired at some time between 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. A Georgia State Patrol trooper came across the accident scene at approximately 3:08 in the afternoon on Interstate 20 Westbound.
The report states that the white Dodge Dakota was traveling behind a an 18-wheeler truck in the right lane. As the semi-tractor-trailer truck stopped for traffic congestion, the Dodge Dakota struck the rear of the tractor-trailer truck, troopers reported.
Two passengers, one front seat passenger and one back seat passenger riding inside the Dodge Dakota sustained fatal accident-related injuries.
The driver's arrest warrant stated that the driver was operating his pickup truck under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the accident. He was taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta for medical treatment.
The tractor-trailer driver was not injured in the accident.
The driver was arrested and charged with following too closely, two counts of homicide by vehicle, driving under influence of drugs, and driving while license suspended/revoked according to his arrest report.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division, the Troop E Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, and the Columbia County Coroner’s Office are helping in the fatal accident investigation.
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