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Woman killed by flying tire on I-75 identified

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A woman died Sunday after a tire flew off a tractor-trailer rig and crashed through the window of her car.

Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks said the accident happened on Interstate 75, just north of Byron, shortly before 2 p.m. He said an 18-wheeler was headed north when two tires flew off it. One of the tires went across the median and crashed into a car headed south.

Three other people in the car were injured. Rooks identified the woman killed as Jennifer Thomas, 36, of Gray. She was the driver of the vehicle with her child and parents as passengers. Those three suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Rooks said.

Rooks said it isn’t known what caused the tires to come off the truck, but he said the Georgia State Patrol is investigating. He also said the truck driver stopped.

A spokeswoman for the Georgia State Patrol said Monday that it hasn’t been determined what caused the tires to come off the truck. She said charges against the truck driver are pending the outcome of the investigation. An accident reconstruction team is investigating.

She identified the driver as Yurien Chavez, 31, of Miami, Florida.

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