SNELLVILLE, GA – Morning of Thursday was a bad time for a pick-up truck driver. He committed at least 17 hit-and-run mishaps and one fatal accident and he faced a traffic court in Gwinnett County, he was not allowed to post a bond.

The Sheriff’s office of Gwinnett County identified the driver, as 70 years old Michael Snider, a resident of Stone Mt. who committed 5 vehicles hits in DeKalb County and around 10 vehicle hits along Highway 78 in Gwinnett County.
According to the police, his hit-and-run binge halted when by a deadly accident in Snellville’s Walton Court and Highway 78. The reckless driver slammed the rear of a Toyota 200 Camry which was operated by Yeshiharag Abebe, age 51 from Grayson.

The impact was so strong that the Abebe’s Toyota to hit the vehicle which stopped in front of his car and was crammed under the trailer-tractor truck that was right in front. The vehicle in front of the Abebe’s car was propelled into the back of another vehicle.

Toyota’s passenger identified as Mintiwab Woldeyhans age 69 and resident of Loganville, died on the scene due to critical injuries. Abebe sustained life-threatening injuries and was ruched to an area hospital.

Police learned that Woldeyhans was Abebe’s mother from Ethiopia and she also had two other adult daughters.
A friend of the family, Fiker Abate said that he was incensed with the driver who was drunk and took somebody’s life without any sense of conscience.

After Snider’s shenanigans, he crashed into the entrance of Home Cooking Restaurant of John Boy. He sustained injuries and was also transported to a local hospital.

The Johnsons couple was traveling along highway 78 when the pick-up Ford 2006 Super Duty of Snider hit the rear of their 4-door Sedan a number of times. Jenetta Johnson said she was terrified as the truck continued ramming against their vehicle. When he hit the gas, the truck went around.

Manuel Johnson continued that the truck went around and continued hitting their car. His neck and back were hurting due to the impact.

After Snider completed his treatment in the hospital, he was placed in the County Jail of Gwinnett with several charges: DUI, reckless driving, serious injury by a vehicle, vehicular homicide, and several others pending charges.
Last Thursday morning was his first appearance in court where she was not granted any bond and is confined in a special place in jail due to his age and health condition. Snider had a counselor brought in and he is now aware of what happened. His next hearing will be first week of February.

A traffic accident which occurred three days before Christmas in Interstate 75 claimed the lives of two residents from Calhoun.

Investigators are trying to find out if Snider intentionally hit the vehicles involved.

Still in the last week of December, a crash killed two women; namely Maria Tabuena, 29 years old , resident of Calhoun, and her passenger identified as Melina Trichell, age 4.

Georgia State Patrol reported that Maria and Melina were riding northward in her Ford 1998 Expedition along the right lane of I-75 at Exit 293 at 1:25 o’clock noon. A tractor trailer swerved from center lane to the right lane and \hit the Expedition in the left side with the right side of the trailer.

The truck continued traveling north while the Expedition veered to the right side of the road, crashed against the guardrail, slammed a post supporting an overhead sign and burst into flame.

Several witnesses were interviewed for more information about the crash and to identify the erring truck. They are looking for a long nose, late 90 versions, colored maroon Peterbilt tractor that was pulling a silver trailer. After the accident, its right side was damaged. Witnesses said that the tractor was very dirty.

Authorities are looking for the tractor trailer truck involved in the fatal crash.

Accident victims have rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, wage loss and medical bills. Contact an experienced    car accident lawyer now for a free consultation.

Source: WFSB Com Story
(http://www.wfsb.com/story/20664352/police-drunk-driver-responsible-for-17-hit-and-runs-and-fatal-crash)

Source: DPS Georgia Gov Press
(http://dps.georgia.gov/press-releases/2012-12-22/troopers-searching-tractor-trailer-involved-fatal-crash)