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Crime Stoppers Offer Reward for Deadly December Crash Information

Jan 12, 2013 -- 9:35am


By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The alleged trailer is said to appear similar to the one pictured.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information on the tractor trailer that was involved in December’s Hit-and-Run crash in Bartow County which left a mother and her four-year-old child dead. 
The Atlanta-based community organization has teamed up with the Georgia State Patrol in the continued search for the Maroon Tractor trailer which struck a Ford Expedition on 1-75 at exit 293.  Around 1:25pm on December 21st, the 1998 expedition carrying 29-year-old Maria Tabuena and her four-year-old daughter Melina Trichell travelling northbound was hit by the trailer of the truck as it changed lanes.  
The truck continued northbound as Tabuena’s vehicle ran off the road, hit an overhead sign support post and erupted in flames. 
The truck involved has been described as having a late 90’s “long-nose” Peterbilt tractor that is maroon in color with orange fenders. It is also said to be pulling a silver, refrigerated trailer with damage to the right side.  One witness claims there are two red horizontal stripes on the trailer door, and a mounted trailer tag may contain the letter “H” and the numbers 1214, however the tag’s state is not known. 
If you have any information on the wanted truck, you may be eligible for a $2,000 reward. Persons do not have to identify themselves at all, merely call 404-577-TIPS; text CSA and the tip to CRIMES; or visit them online at 

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