UPDATE | Driver of 18-wheeler charged with killing woman on I-75 in Byron

Peach County sheriff's deputies identified the driver of the semi-truck that killed 36-year-old Jennifer Thomas of Gray.

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FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Peach County Sheriff’s deputies identified the driver of the semi-truck that killed 36-year-old Jennifer Thomas of Gray.

Deputies identified the semi-truck driver as 31-year-old Yurien Bello of Miami. According to the booking report, Georgia State Patrol officers arrested him around 2 p.m. on August 13. 

The charges

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Georgia State Patrol officers arrested Bello and took him to the Peach County law enforcement center. Authorities charged him with the following: 

  • Homicide by vehicle in 2nd degree
  • unsafe vehicle or equipment
  • defective tires

Authorities have not set a bond for Bello.

Original Incident

BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –  A woman was killed in an accident on I-75 after a tire comes off of an 18-wheeler truck and goes through the windshield of her car.



Peach County coroner Kerry Rooks says that the incident happened on August 11 around 2 p.m. in Byron, Georgia.

Rooks says that 36-year-old Jennifer Thomas of Gray was traveling I-75 southbound when the wheel came off of an axle of an 18-wheeler that traveled in the opposite direction. The coroner says that the wheel jumped the median and went through Thomas’s windshield.

Rooks says that he pronounced Thomas dead at the scene. 

Rooks also says that Thomas’s mom, dad, and a child occupied the car.  He says their injuries were non-life threatening.