Truck Driver Charged for Six-Vehicle Wreck that Killed University of Georgia Student
ATLANTA, GA. – A truck driver from Florida has been criminally charged in connection with a January 17 six-vehicle wreck that killed a University of Georgia Student, according to an online news story reported at cbs46.com. The crash occurred on Interstate 20 near the city limits of Atlanta, Georgia.*
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 17, 53-year-old Mario Polier, of Hialeah, Florida, was driving a tractor-trailer east on I-20 near Atlanta. In the area of Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Polier somehow lost control of the tractor-trailer, and the rig overturned, then struck two cars and a second tractor-trailer.
Polier’s tractor-trailer then slammed into a barrier wall on the interstate, which sent significant debris flying into the westbound lanes of I-20. The debris struck two passing westbound vehicles. The driver of one of the vehicles hit by debris sustained fatal injuries and tragically died at the scene.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the decedent as 20-year-old William Whitaker, of Carrollton, Georgia. Whitaker was a student at the University of Georgia and was scheduled to graduate next year.
Polier was injured and arrested after receiving medical treatment. He has been charged with making an improper/erratic lane change while driving, driving or following too closely, and second-degree vehicular homicide. These are all misdemeanor charges. A judge set Polier’s bond at $35,000 during a hearing the morning of January 18. His next hearing is in February.
It is not clear if anyone in the other vehicles was injured. No one else involved in the wreck has been identified.
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