Driver Charged for Leaving Scene of Tragic Accident Where Truck Tire Struck and Tragically Killed Woman
MACON, GA- The timesfreepress.com writes that a tire came off of a Dodge pickup truck and hit a woman in the head while she was walking her dog over the weekend. The victim’s fiancé later found the 22-year-old lying on the ground next to a road in Macon. Responders transported her to the hospital where she was declared dead.*
The driver is now facing charges for fleeing the scene of the crash. The authorities located the Dodge pickup truck near the site of the accident. The abandoned vehicle was missing its right front tire.
Police reports indicate that the tire struck the back of the woman’s head. The driver did not call 911 but instead called someone to pick him up so that he could leave the scene. Investigators believe that the man knew that the tire injured the victim, but instead of reporting the crash, he tried to escape.
The accident is currently under investigation.
The incident was referred to as a “freak accident,” but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2017, 738 people died in accidents resulting from faulty tires.
Wheel separations are less common now than in the past, but they still take place on a regular basis, especially with trucks. There are no clear numbers on how often these events happen because they do not always lead to injuries, and the drivers or truck owners may never report the dislodged tire.
In the early 1990s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration performed an investigation into the issue after seven people died from wheel separation incidents in a short period of time. The study indicated that poor maintenance, improper tightening of wheel fasteners, and failures in bearings are the most common causes of these incidents.
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Sources:https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/dec/18/tire-flew-truck-fatally-hit-georgia-woman-walking-dog/510895/ and https://people.com/crime/georgia-woman-killed-after-tire-flies-off-truck-hits-her-as-she-walked-her-dog/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/tires and https://www.truckinginfo.com/153237/why-do-wheels-come-off-trucks