Reward Offered in Bartow Hit and Run Case

January 10, 2013


The search continues for the driver and vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run crash in Bartow County on December 21, and Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward in the case. 

The Georgia State Patrol and Crime Stoppers are seeking information on a tractor trailer, similar to the vehicle in the attached photo, that struck a Ford Expedition on I-75 at Exit 293 around 1:25 p.m. on December 21.  The crash killed Maria Tabuena, age 29, and her daughter, Melina Trichell, age 4.  They were traveling in a 1998 Ford Expedition northbound in the right lane of I-75 at Exit 293 around 1:25 p.m. when the tractor trailer changed lanes from the center lane to the right lane and struck the Expedition in the left side with the right side of the trailer.  The truck continued northbound while the Expedition ran off the road on the right side, struck a guardrail, hit an overhead sign support post and then became engulfed in flames.

Additional information provided by a witness describes the trailer as having two red horizontal stripes on the trailer door; the trailer was a refrigerated trailer; the trailer tag was mounted on the left side of the DOT bar; and the tag may contain letters and numbers of H1214.  The state on the tag is not known.

Troopers and Crime Stoppers are asking anyone with information in the case to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online at or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637).  Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

The vehicle being sought is similar to the one pictured below: