Thousands of tractor trailers share the roadways of Georgia with the millions of other commuters. It is never a good idea to pull out in front of a tractor trailer without making sure there is ample room for the vehicle to stop. Not only can your life be in danger, but you can endanger the lives of those behind the truck. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a man facing serious charges after pulling in front of a tractor trailer caused the death of a woman driving behind the truck.
43-year-old Juan Marquez is facing serious charges for his part in a wreck that occurred last Tuesday, August 29th.
According to the police report, Marquez said that his windshield was struck by a rock which cracked the windshield of his vehicle. Marquez believed the rock to have come from a tractor trailer in front of him, so he pulled in front of the truck. Marquez said that he did so to “consult with the driver of the semi-truck.”
This caused the semi-truck to stop in the middle of the lane, which ultimately led to the SUV behind the tractor trailer to slam into the back of the truck.
The impact killed 32-year-old Jessica Jose of Grantville at the scene. Neither Marquez nor the driver of the truck were injured.
Marquez is being help at the Coweta County Jail without bond. He is facing charges of first-degree homicide by vehicle, aggressive driving, reckless driving, improper slowing or stopping on a roadway, and violating a law specifying that pedestrians must walk on the shoulder or a side walk.
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