Georgia state troopers seek trucker in crash that killed woman, child

Georgia state troopers seek trucker in crash that killed woman, child

December 24th, 2012 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Times Free Press.

Georgia state troopers still are searching for the tractor-trailer that witnesses say caused a Saturday afternoon crash that killed a 29-year-old Calhoun, Ga., woman and a 4-year-old girl.

The maroon tractor-trailer changed lanes on Interstate 75 north at exit 293 in Bartow County and collided with a 1998 Ford Expedition, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The SUV was pushed off the right side of the road, hit a guardrail and a sign post and then was engulfed in flames.

The driver, Maria Tabuena, and her passenger, Melina Trichell, were killed. The wreck happened about 1:25 p.m., and witnesses said the truck driver never stopped. The late-'90s model tractor was pulling a silver trailer and was damaged on the right side.

Troopers ask anyone with information on the driver or crash to call the Georgia State Patrol at 770-387-3701.