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Vehicular Homicide Charged in Fatal I-85 Accident

Police say Maria Zeeyala Torres was at fault in wreck that killed truck driver Eric Murray, 39, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Maria Zeeyala Torres, 44, has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, no drivers license and failure to maintain lane. Credit: Gwinnett County Detention Center
Maria Zeeyala Torres, 44, has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, no drivers license and failure to maintain lane. Credit: Gwinnett County Detention Center

Gwinnett Police charged a Norcross woman with vehicular homicide stemming from Thursday morning’s fatal accident on I-85.

Investigators determined Maria Zeeyala Torres, 44, of Norcross, was at fault in the accident that killed truck driver Eric Murray, 39, of Minneapolis, Minn., on northbound I-85 between Beaver Ruin Road and Steve Reynolds Boulevard. The accident occurred Thursday around 7 a.m.

She has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, no drivers license and failure to maintain lane.

The preliminary investigation showed Torres merged her Honda Odyssey mini-van from the second right lane to the third right lane and into Murray’s tractor trailer, causing both vehicles to lose control.

Murray died at the scene. His passenger, Bryant Garrott, 62, also of Minneapolis, was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Torres also went to the hospital with minor injuries and was taken to the county jail after she was discharged.

Edward March 29, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Tragic and too common in metro Atlanta.
Edward Brunson March 29, 2014 at 09:29 PM
@David, The state of GA does not give out drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. Since she did not have a license it would be assumed she is here illegally.
gpurs March 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM
Illegal aliens kill 13 REAL Americans every day in this country. But who cares? Democrats will continue to push for rights for these illegals because they know that the illegals will pull the handle for Dumbocrats. The Democrat party is the party of handouts to the illegals, the lazy and other leaches....
Omar Monroe March 30, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Pay David Brown no attention, he's like a hair bump on someones butt; you must not drive much, I am on the roads all the time, I have to drive from location to location. I have noticed more Ethiopians in the Memorial drive area too, and they move like snails, I have been to other countries and they drive like maniacs, but they get her and drive 5 miles an hour.
Omar Monroe April 13, 2014 at 09:27 AM
spurs, an Elsavadorian ran over a woman and her two children like they were squirrels in the road, the baby boy died, this piece of work fled back to his native country.

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