'There is no way to make sense of it:' Gray woman killed after loose tire flies off truck, hits carPeach County Sheriff Terry Deese said Georgia State Patrol is working to determine how the tire came loose.
Author: Zach Merchant
Published: 11:33 PM EDT August 12, 2019
Updated: 4:32 PM EDT August 13, 2019
PEACH COUNTY, Ga. — Sandwiched next to a truck on the highway, we've all probably thought it once or twice: 'What if something goes wrong? What if the driver doesn't see me? What if one of those massive wheels come loose?'
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A truck traveling north in Peach County lost two of its wheels. One bounced across several lanes of traffic, headed for the other side of the highway.
Jennifer Thomas and her family were driving that way.
"It actually bounces over the guardian there in the median and comes down on the windshield of the young lady coming southbound," said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese.
Deese says 36-year-old Thomas was killed almost instantly.
"She was coming through our county, so you know we feel responsible for them, we feel compassion -- the sadness of another loss," said Deese.
A day later, a deputy, a tow truck employee, and a Georgia State Patrol Trooper were back at the scene searching for the tire.
According to the trooper at the scene, they found it about 50 yards into the woods off the highway.
Sheriff Deese says these kinds of wrecks are extremely rare.
"What are the odds of being in that exact place at that exact time when the tire comes loose and comes down in that exact spot?" he asked.
However, they're not unheard of.
According to federal data reviewed by our Atlanta station, 11Alive, loose tires cause about 3 accidents every day on American highways.
Still, in Deese's nearly 40 years with the sheriff's office, he says this is only the second time he's seen a wreck like this.
Successfully making sense of such a seemingly random accident?
He says that's even more rare.
"There is no way to make sense of it," said Deese.
He added that investigators believe the truck driver was not speeding at the time of the accident.
GSP is investigating what caused the tires to come loose.
The rest of Thomas' family was not seriously injured.
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18-wheeler driver charged after woman killed in I-75 flying tire crash
By Becky PurserAugust 14, 2019 02:35 PM, Updated 2 hours 10 minutes ago
Read more here: https://www.macon.com/news/local/community/houston-peach/article233996692.html#storylink=cpy
The driver of a tractor-trailer rig has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor, in a Sunday crash in which a tire from his rig crashed through the window of a woman’s sports utility vehicle and killed her on Interstate 75 in Peach County.
Yurien Chavez Bello, 31, of Miami, Florida, also was charged with defective tires and unsafe vehicle/equipment, according to Peach County Sheriff’s Office jail records.
Bello was driving the 18-wheeler north on Interstate 75 just north of Byron when two tires came off the axle, Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks said Wednesday.
One of the tires went over a 5-foot-tall concrete median and crashed into a southbound 2019 Acura MDX, Rooks said.
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“It took most of the top off the vehicle,” Rooks said.
The Acura then struck the left side of another tractor-trailer, with the impact causing the SUV to strike the median, said Franka Young, Georgia State Patrol spokesperson.
The car’s driver, Jennifer Thomas, 36, of Gray, was killed instantly in the crash, Rooks said. Her child and her parents suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
Meanwhile, the 18-wheeler came to a slowed, controlled stop, Young said.
It’s not known why the wheels came off the 18-wheeler, she said.
In addition to charges brought by a state trooper against Bello, charges are also pending through the state Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division, Young said.
Bello, who has not yet had an arraignment, remained jailed Wednesday afternoon at the Peach County Law Enforcement Center, Peach County sheriff’s Maj. Kenny Cameron said in an email.
The crash remains under investigation.
Telegraph archives were used in this report.
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Becky Purser covers breaking and Houston County news. She previously covered crime and courts for Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communications/news-editorial sequence, Becky also has covered city and county government for Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia newspapers.
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