Georgia Man Charged After Tire Flew Off His Truck and Killed Dog Walker in 'Freak Accident'

A Georgia man has been charged after a tire flew off his truck and struck a woman who was walking her dog, killing her in what authorities described as a "freak accident."

Brian Seth Carmichael was charged on Monday with failing to report an accident with injury or death, according to the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

Kimberly Touchton, 22, was hit in the head by the tire after it came off a vehicle driving on a nearby overhead bridge in Houston County, Georgia, on Sunday night, reported.

"It snapped her neck. She probably didn't even know what hit her, I think," Houston County Sheriff's Lieutenant Kent Bankston told the website. He added that the tire had traveled at least 300 yards before hitting Touchton and the crime scene was "easily" 400 to 450 yards long.

"I've been doing this for 33, 34 years and this is probably one of the most, if not the most, freak accident I've ever seen," Bankston added to the New York Post.

Touchton had left her home in a trailer park to walk her dog at around 9 p.m. but her family became worried when she didn't return home. According to WMAZ, her fiancé found her face down on the ground not far from the trailer park near Georgia State Route 49 and Highway 11. He immediately called 911.

The station reported that she was taken to the emergency room at Houston Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. She attended Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Georgia, according to her Facebook page.

Despite authorities describing the circumstances that led to Touchton's death as an accident, Brian Seth Carmichael was arrested because authorities have a "reason to believe" that he saw what had happened to Touchton and didn't report it to authorities, according to

Deputies located Carmichael after they spotted an unattended vehicle near the scene that was missing a tire. Bankston said they had been alerted by an anonymous tipster that Carmichael had called for someone to come pick him up after the accident.

Authorities ran the plates on the vehicle, WMAZ reported, located Carmichael and took him into custody. He was released from Houston County Detention Center on Monday evening after posting a $2,600 bond, online records show.

Bankston told that investigators are inspecting his truck and Carmichael could face additional charges. The Houston County Sheriff's Office has been contacted for additional comment.

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Stock photo. A Georgia man has been charged after a tire flew off his truck and struck a woman who was walking her dog, killing her. Getty