Texas trucker arrested for death of woman on I-285 in Sandy Springs

As an Atlanta trucking accident and wrongful death attorney living in Sandy Springs, I was saddened a couple of weeks ago to hear that a woman had been killed when she was struck by a tractor trailer a couple of exits up from my home, near the high school from which my son graduated.

Rosario Velez, 44, was making a phone call from her minivan stopped in the I-285 emergency lane  at Riverside Drive when she was struck by an 18-wheeler. Police reported that the trucker crossed over into the emergency lane to strike her vehicle.

Today, Sandy Springs police arrested the truck driver, Joseph Leon Golden, 43, of El Paso, Texas. He has been charged with  second-degree vehicular homicide and a lane violation, and is being held at the Fulton County Jail on $5,500 bond.




Ken Shigley  is author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice and president-elect of the State Bar of Georgia.   A Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, he has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale). He practices law at the Atlanta law firm of Chambers, Aholt & Rickard, and has broad experience in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, products liabilityspinal cord injury, brain injury and burn injury cases. Married 27 years, he is the proud father of Anne Shigley and Ken Shigley, Jr.

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  • chris

    There should be no bond for this person at all! he took our Aunt’s Life. he deserve to rot in jail.

  • j.vallee

    I am insuerd in florida for PIP if i cause $10,000 in medicals to the person i hit in georgia, am i tort exempt?

  • kerry dasher

    what do you think is going to happen when you trian truck drivers to drive a truck in only SIX WEEKS i have been driving over 20 years and 90% of truck crashes are caused by untrained truck drivers.you can think big business for that

  • paco garcia

    Rosario was my boss at work. She was a great lady, this is very sad. I have been trying to get in touch with her family to let them know how I felt about her. I went to the funeral, but unfortunately, I have not been able to contact them and I would like to have met her children. If they read this, send me an email: garcia2739@bellsouth.net 404-645-3562
    Paco Garcia

  • Its really sad to here today been there been many changes in technology then also such type of accident are been caused.