At the height of the Thursday morning commute, a tire flew off a northbound pickup truck, landed on the windshield of a car on the other side of Ga. 400 and killed the driver, Sandy Springs police said.
Just before 8 a.m., “a truck traveling north on Ga 400 at Pitts Road lost a wheel and tire,” police Sgt. Sam Worsham told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a statement. “The wheel went over the wall and struck a vehicle south on Ga. 400.”
The driver, Julieanna Shedrawy, 49, of Alpharetta, died on the scene.
She was the only person in the car, described by police as a Nissan passenger vehicle.
The pickup truck driver was still on the scene hours after the freak accident, according to Channel 2 Action News. Jorge Herrera expressed remorse during an interview with the news station.
“I was on the way to my job,” he told Channel 2. “I’m not drunk. I’m not driving fast. It was like a normal (day) trying to get to my job.”
No charges have been filed in connection with the incident.
“Investigators determined the wheel came off of the truck due to a mechanical failure,” Worsham said.
At times, the accident blocked multiple lanes in both directions, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. All lanes reopened just before 11 a.m.
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