“Driver Killed as Loose Tire Flies Off Truck, Striking Windshield – Victim Identified as 18-Year-Old Lauren Collins”

By | July 18, 2023

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A tragic incident occurred in Boone County, Kentucky, where a driver lost her life after a loose tire flew off a truck and struck her windshield. The incident took place on July 16, after midnight, on the southbound lanes of I-75.

The victim was identified as 18-year-old Lauren Collins from Independence. She was driving a 2012 Buick LaCrosse when the tire suddenly hit her windshield. Reports suggest that the tire came from a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction on the northbound lanes.

Emergency services rushed Collins to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, but unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries and passed away. Authorities are currently searching for the truck driver responsible for the incident.

Collins was a student at Simon Kenton High School and had recently enrolled at the University of Kentucky. Her Facebook page reveals that she was an active and vibrant individual. A relative of Collins posted a heartfelt tribute to her on Facebook, mourning the loss of a young life taken too soon.

This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of ensuring the proper maintenance and secure transport of cargo on our roads. Loose objects, such as tires, can pose a significant risk to other drivers and pedestrians if not properly secured. It is crucial for truck drivers and transportation companies to adhere to safety regulations and conduct regular inspections to prevent such accidents from occurring.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office and local authorities are working diligently to locate the truck driver involved in the incident. Their investigation will provide answers to Collins’ grieving family and help prevent similar accidents in the future.

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Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Lauren Collins during this difficult time. May she rest in peace..