Police Find, Question ‘Unaware’ Trucker After His Rig Lost Wheel Killing Pickup Truck Driver
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Police have found the truck driver they say lost a wheel assembly from his rig which then struck and killed an Oklahoma motorist along Interstate 40 on Monday.
At approximately 4:45 a.m. on October 29th, 33-year-old, Kasey Jill Morse, was found dead in her pickup truck on the eastbound shoulder of I-40 after a wheel broke off of a semi, driven by 45-year-old Shannon Aaron Fast, and struck her vehicle. Two other vehicles were also involved in the accident with one even overturning, but thankfully, no one else was injured. Authorities say the wheel and tire traveled a mile before it finally came to rest after striking another tractor-trailer.
As for the driver, Fast continued driving the 2005 Freightliner pulling a gas tanker for more than 150 miles without the missing wheel. Police asked those who might know about the driver or the truck to come forward and they received a tip from a repair shop in Gainesville, Texas. The shop was repairing the wheel of the semi that matched the description of what Oklahoma police were looking for.
According to authorities, Fast told police he “did not notice the wheels were missing” at the time of the accident, so he continued driving. Fast told police he did not notice the missing wheel until several hours later when he stopped for his post-trip inspection. Police have contacted the trucking company Fast is employed by and are investigating the incident. They have not yet determined if tampering or neglected maintenance/failure to perform a thorough pre-trip inspection are to blame for this unfortunate death.
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