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Man charged in fatal accident
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Noe Jose Guillen Herrera

Noe Joe Guillen Herrera, 20, of Rhode Island has been charged in the deaths of a mother and daughter killed in last week’s wreck on I-95; Julia Brazil of South Carolina and her daughter Tammie Stafford.

Guillen Herrera is facing charges of serious injury by vehicle, two counts of homicide by vehicle in the 1st degree and DUI alcohol, according to the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office.

Five vehicles were involved in the accident last Thursday near mile marker 61 southbound on I-95. Traffic was diverted off of I-95 by Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies and rerouted onto Highway 17 towards Townsend.

According to Georgia State Patrol Specialized Reconstruction Team Investigator Trooper First Class Kevin Ziegler, the accident occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. June 13 on mile marker 61 in McIntosh County.  Ziegler said a Honda Accord driven by a man (Herrera) was traveling in the southbound lanes when it struck a Volvo with four occupants inside (Julia Brazil and her family members).  The driver of the Volvo was Julia Brazil’s son; his spouse was also in the vehicle. A person in the Dodge Nitro that was also involved in the multiple-car wreck was seriously injured.

The Volvo had become disabled in the left hand lane and the occupants exited the vehicle to seek safety on the shoulder of the road near the guard rails.

While on the roadway a Dodge Nitro occupied with four people struck the Volvo.  Within minutes of striking the Volvo, a Chevy Cruise with two occupants struck both the Dodge Nitro and Volvo.  A Dodge Ram later struck the Dodge Nitro.

At one point the two women from South Carolina were struck by one of the vehicles.  Julia Brazil was transported to Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick Campus, where she died, and Tammie Stafford was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Georgia State Patrol SCRT is leading the investigation.
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