Georgia Highway Crash Kills Musician Making Wheelchair Trek for Charity
A tragic accident occurred last month along Highway 21 in Screven County, according to WRDW TV. Specifically, a 59 year old jazz musician was traveling 300 miles by wheelchair in an effort to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Sadly, a tractor trailer slammed into the back of a van that was escorting the musician. The impact flung the van into the wheelchair, killing the disability spokesman. It then caught fire and the van's driver, a resident of Atlanta, was also killed. A passenger was pulled from the vehicle before it became completely engulfed in flames and was airlifted to Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the accident.
The wheelchair activist was reportedly traveling from Atlanta to Savannah while touring and making musical performances to help provide wheelchairs for those who cannot afford them. He performed this great journey on the 25th anniversary of the Americans Disability Act. His website offers an overview as to his mission and charity focus. The local community suffered a great loss with the death of this caring, philanthropic, and altruistic individual.
The accident is currently under investigation and its cause is unclear at this time. Reports do indicate that the escort van lacked warning lights, and was instead traveling with several poster boards attached to the rear of the vehicle.
Tractor Trailer Fatalities Continue to Mount in Georgia
This recent tractor trailer accident that tragically claimed the lives of two is the most recent in a string of serious tractor trailer accidents occurring on Georgia roadways. The streak began with the deaths of five Georgia Southern nursing students traveling to Savannah. Less than one month later, a tractor trailer accident sadly killed another five individuals near Savannah.
This deadly truck accident streak is causing many community members and lawmakers to readdress truck safety laws. Already, several Georgia senators are urging the Department of Transportation to require mandatory speed governors on tractor trailers in an effort to prevent truck driver speeding.
While most truck drivers are experienced and responsible drivers, a select few engage in dangerous driving practices. This can include exceeding hours of service requirements, speeding, driving while distracted, and other such negligent behavior. When the drivers of such massive vehicles fail to employ safe driving practices, the results can be deadly. Anyone injured in a truck accident should consult with a licensed tractor trailer accident attorney in their area as soon as possible after the crash to preserve their legal rights.
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