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Tractor-trailer driver sentenced in fatal 2015 I-16 crash

David Gibbons (Source: Chatham County Sheriff's Office) David Gibbons (Source: Chatham County Sheriff's Office)
CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A judge sentenced a tractor-trailer driver involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 16 in 2015 on Tuesday.

Chatham County State Court Chief Judge H. Gregory Fowler sentenced David Gibbons to five years in prison with two years to serve, a balance on probation and work release if he qualifies. He was convicted on 10 counts of homicide by vehicle in the second degree, one count of driving too fast for conditions, and one count of failure to exercise due care.

The then 61-year-old Pooler resident was driving a Georgia Freightways truck when Georgia State Troopers say he crashed into three passenger cars, a pick-up truck and another tractor-trailer on I-16 at the I-95 interchange, killing five people.

The five victims were 39-year-old Wendy Melton from Reidsville, 16-year-old Brittanie Altman from Claxton, 19-year-old Virgil Moody from Hagan, 71-year-old Jerry Earnest from Varnell and 72-year-old Glenda Adams from Cohutta.

A 2015 preliminary crash report from the Georgia State Patrol said Gibbons' truck didn't have a collision avoidance system during the crash.

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