MACON, GA â€“ On Friday, December 23, 2011, a father and daughter were killed and the mother critically injured when a tractor-trailer driven by Kenneth Walsh hit their vehicle head-on. Both vehicles were traveling on Highway 129 in Ben Hill County, GA in opposite directions when the Mr. Walsh recklessly began passing vehicles in a no-passing zone. The tractor-trailer struck the vehicle with Charles, Autumn and Catrina Sowell inside. Charles and Autumn were killed instantly, and Catrina was airlifted to Macon Medical Center. Mr. Walsh was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of serious injury by vehicle, passing in a no-passing zone and reckless driving.
Comments from Our Trucking Attorneys
Truck drivers have an absolute duty to maintain their vehicle in their lane of travel. Truck drivers should not be passing other vehicles to the left of the centerline because of the size and weight of the tractor-trailer. In an emergency situation, there is nowhere for a tractor-trailer to maneuver if it is in the midst of passing another vehicle. We have handled a number of improper passing cases involving tractor-trailers. To view our case results, click here.