in Fatal Wheel-Loss Crash Likely to be Charged
- Charges are likely to be filed against a trucker whose truck
lost two of its 18 wheels, causing a deadly crash in Columbus, Ohio, according
to the Columbus Dispatch.
Charges could range from a misdemeanor to felony vehicular homicide.
Investigators think the driver, Louis Ray, is responsible for two wheels coming
off his trailer Tuesday night on I-70 just west of I-270. One of the
wheels from the westbound truck bounced over a concrete divider and into the
path of an eastbound rig driven by David Booher. Booher lost control of
his truck and crashed through the divider, striking a westbound van driven by
Dennis Redlinger, who was killed.
Ray continued driving. The State Highway Patrol found him at a gas station
further down the road.
Investigators plan to focus on how the wheels came off and who is responsible,
including whether Ray had inspected his wheels and if he knew they had come off.
Ray’s truck has been impounded and police have filed a search warrant so they
can inspect it at a later date.
Police say the inspection, along with a recreation of the crash scene, will take
place before charges are officially filed.