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40-Year-Old Motorist Killed in Under-Riding Accident in Lafayette, Georgia

October 11, 2018

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — reports that a 40-year-old man named James Chapman tragically died when the van he operated went under a tractor-trailertruck in LaFayette. The fatal crash happened on Friday, October 5, 2018, shortly after midnight. Georgia State Patrol officers are trying to piece together the evidence that will allow them to discover the cause of the crash.*

Police from the Georgia State Patrol are trying to determine why a van driven by Mr. Chapman went under the tractor trailer. A truck accident such as this is often referred to as an “under-riding” accident. 

The initial reports from the scene produced by the responding troopers indicatethat the incident transpired at the intersection of Georgia State Route 1 and Georgia State Route 136. The reports further indicate that the truck driver, Jaouad Zodor, 29, from Louisville, Kentucky, drove his tractor-trailercombo into the intersection. Meanwhile, Mr. Chapman was heading west on Georgia State Route 136 in his van and drove completely under the big rig. The van continued after the collision with the tractor-trailerand came to rest after hitting a pedestrian traffic light on the opposite side.

Medics pronounced Mr. Chapman deceased at the scene of the crash. Although the cause of death seems eminently clear given how the crash occurred, investigators might want to determine whether Mr. Chapman had a medical event or had consumed alcohol or another substance which could impair his ability to operate a vehicle safely.Therefore, an autopsy could be performed. Additionally, the police would want to determine if he had fallen asleep behind the wheel or if he was driving while distracted by a cell phone or some other device.

The investigating officers did not say whether they would cite Mr. Zodor with any motor vehicle violations or crimes relating to the accident. The investigators did not say which vehicle had the right-of-way at the intersection. Additionally, the police did not provide any information whether Mr. Chapman braked before colliding with the trailer. 

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