State troopers are asking for the public's help to find the driver of an 18-wheeler that lost a piece of iron yesterday which crashed through a pickup truck's windshield, killing a 33-year-old Bryan woman.
Investigators are calling the freak accident a very rare case because they don't have much information.
At first glance this looks like an ordinary chunk of metal, but it’s much more than that.
"We are trying to make sense of the piece,” said Trooper Jimmy Morgan with Texas Department of Public Safety.
Investigators are carefully examining a 1.5 x 2 inch part of angle iron found on the scene of a fatal accident.
"In this case this is all we have to work on right now,” said Morgan.
It's the only hope to answer how 33-year-old Tracey White was killed.
Investigators say her husband, Charles, was driving and Tracey was in the passenger seat.
The metal flew off an 18-wheeler heading west on Highway 21 on Sunday afternoon. The Bryan couple was in their pickup driving the opposite direction, on their way to pick up their 3 kids. The metal went through the windshield of the pickup and hit White in the head, killing her.
The driver of the 18-wheeler may not have known what happened, and didn't stop.
"It's pretty frustrating,” said Morgan.
An emotion shared by White's family.
"She's not only my sister, she is my best friend. Not knowing and having to see her, how she was yesterday, and see what her family is going through. It's very hard,” said Jennifer Bomnskie, the victim’s sister.
Investigators just need a better description of the truck or what the piece of metal was used for.
"There's not going to be a day that's going to be the same not knowing that I won't see her,” said Bomnskie.
Every day they will continue to seek answers.
DPS says they aren't sure at this point whether the driver of the 18-wheeler will face charges. They are asking any witnesses to call the Bryan Highway Patrol office.
Donations for the victim’s family can be made at any Prosperity Bank branch. The fund is listed under: The Tracey White Family Benefit Fund.
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