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Woman charged with homicide after crash that killed two truckers


A Georgia motorist is facing several charges following a deadly crash early Friday morning.

The crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. on I-85 in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

When police arrived on the scene, they found that two tractor trailers and a passenger vehicle had collided in the southbound lanes of I-85 in Suwanee.

The Gwinnett County Police described the multi-vehicle crash in a news release:

Based on the preliminary investigation, evidence at the scene, and witness statements, it appears as though the incident began when the driver of the passenger car, Leah Knox (age 28, Buford) lost control of her grey 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse and made impact with a guardrail on the right side of the roadway. 

One of the tractor trailers struck the Mitsubishi as it reflected off the guardrail and reentered the roadway.  This tractor trailer was being driven by Robert Kent (age 63, Stockbridge).  The tractor trailer continued forward and struck the center median wall. 

The movements of the second tractor trailer are still being investigated, but investigators are looking in to the possibility that it made impact with the Mitsubishi and/or the other tractor trailer after their impacts.  The driver of the second tractor trailer has been identified as Raymond Samuel (age 50, Decatur).  Notification has been made for the families of both Kent and Samuel. 

Alcohol isn’t suspected to be a factor in the crash, police say. Authorities say that they suspect that weather could have contributed to the crash.

Police say that after her release from the hospital, Knox was arrested and charged with Homicide by Vehicle, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Too Fast for Conditions. She was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail.


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