An Ohio truck driver is accused of causing the deaths of four people Thursday afternoon in a fiery interstate crash in Henry County.
Authorities on Monday announced charges against the driver, 39-year-old Mohabe McCoy, now that all four victims have been identified. Their bodies were badly burned when McCoy’s tractor-trailer slammed into the back of their Chevrolet pickup truck on I-75 in McDonough, according to Henry County police. The pickup, which was hauling pine straw, was pushed into the back of another tractor-trailer and went up in flames.
The victims were identified as Jose Ibarra Yanez, 42, Jaime Sanchez, 26, Fermin Sanchez, 20, and Juana Adaliris Ortiz-Martinez, 31. The three men and woman were from Dublin in Middle Georgia.
The crash happened around 12:15 p.m. Thursday. At the time, northbound traffic was lagging after another crash on I-75 shut down the interstate before the I-675 interchange.
Video from a nearby car dealership obtained by AJC.com shows the first tractor-trailer slowed before the exit to Ga. 20/Ga. 81, and the pickup truck followed suit. McCoy’s tractor-trailer, which was hauling potatoes, did not appear to slow down before plowing into the back of the truck.
McCoy was arrested Thursday evening after he was checked out at Atlanta Medical Center.
The Euclid man is facing charges of second-degree homicide by vehicle, a misdemeanor, improper turn and driving too fast for conditions. He is being held in the Henry County Jail on Monday in lieu of a $10,000 bond.