Driver of Semi-Truck Dies After Smashing Into Lawrenceville Mall

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    The driver of the 18-wheeler that smashed into the Lawrenceville Strip Mall Wednesday died from injuries sustained in the crash.

    Donald Samples, of Snellville, was traveling northbound around 10:15 a.m. when he suddenly turned left, crossing the median, and drove into the parking lot of the Essex plaza, said police.

    Samples, 66, crashed his black 2012 Kenworth T660 into the O Wings restaurant and a hair salon located at 1195 Scenic Highway.

    “It’s a miracle that no one else was hurt,” said Gwinnett County police Cpl. Edwin Ritter. The truck crashed into two businesses that were closed at the time.

    Investigators have not uncovered what caused Samples to lose control but have said it does not look as if drugs or alcohol were the reason.

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