Suspect Appeared In Court for fatal I-16 accident
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The man accused of causing the car accident on 1-16 Tuesday evening appeared for his first appearance hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Suspect Gerard Thomspon, from Try Trucking Company, was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving.
The judge set a bond for $50,000. $15,000 for each homicide and $5,000 for the reckless driving.
Captain Brad Wolfe, from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators think speed was the reason for the accident.
“It was quite obvious to experienced investigators that, that tractor trailer was moving at a pretty good rate when the impact occurred,” Wolfe said.
Investigators are unsure of how Thomspson crashed into the pickup truck.
“We don’t know if he was tired. We don’t know how long he’d been driving. He requested an attorney and refused to speak to investigators. We don’t know if there was any kind of substance in his blood that could have been impairing him,” he said.
But what investigators do know is that Thompson didn’t slow down on 1-16 for construction like the other cars in front of him did.
Police think he hit a pickup truck, that hit another car, causing all of three of them to catch on fire.
“The evidence on scene is what led us to make the arrest. At that time rather than wait on blood test or anything else, it was quite obvious to us that there was probably cause to believe that he caused this accident and it should have been avoidable,” Wolfe said.
Wolfe said everyone should stay focused on the road while driving.
Marjorie Jones,81, and Robert Day,84, were the two victims that died from the accident. The third victim has not been identified.
Thompson has no prior criminal offenses.