Two people died in Columbia County following an accident between an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck on Interstate 20. The two-vehicle collision in Columbia County occurred on Tuesday, November 2nd. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol seems to be the contributing factor.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 36-year-old James Henry Whitaker. They booked him into the Columbia County Detention Center late Tuesday night on charges of homicide by vehicle, following too closely, driving while license revoked or suspended, and driving under the influence of drugs.
The preliminary investigation disclosed that a pickup truck operated by Whitaker rear-ended an 18-wheeler. The Columbia County Coroner’s Office said two people died from the collision. However, the coroner’s office did not release their names. A news report stated that the victims are from Florida, and North Carolina, respectively.
The investigation into the two-vehicle collision in Columbia County is headed by the Georgia State Patrol. There is no additional information at this time.
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