A WOMAN has died after being hit and killed by a stray truck tire while walking her dog in what police are calling a "freak accident."
Kimberly Touchton, 22, was walking her dog in a trailer park near State Route 49 and Highway 11 in Georgia late Sunday when she was hit by a stray truck tire, police told the New York Post.
The impact severed her spine and broke her neck - but she was probably unaware of what hit her, according to Houston County Sheriff's Lt. Kent Bankston.
"[The tire] severed her spine," he said. "It broke her neck and although they did attempt life-saving measures out there on the scene, she was dead when she got to the hospital. I don't think she even knew what hit her."
Touchton's fiancé found her in the trailer park and she was rushed to a local hospital, where police say she was pronounced dead.
Bankston called the young woman's death "the most freak accident I've ever seen" in his 30-plus years working in law enforcement.
"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," he said.
Brian Seth Carmichael, 25, was allegedly driving his 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck along the highway when one of its tires became loose.
That's when it suddenly shot 400 yards from an overhead bridge into a trailer park below, fatally injuring Touchton, authorities said.
Cops said they used Carmichael's truck tag to track him down
He was taken into custody after authorities found his truck a quarter-mile from the scene of the accident, parked on the side of a road with its tire missing.
A tipster told investigators Carmichael told them he thought he "had hit something" while driving, cops said.
Deputies believe that Carmichael, who has already spoken with police, "knew what happened" after the tire flew off his truck, according to cops.
Carmichael was charged with failing to report an accident with injury or death and WMAZ said he was held on $2,600 bond late Monday.
Touchton, a student at Central Georgia Technical College, was memorialized in touching tributes posted to social media on Monday.
Candy Nicole Touchton Marberry remembered her cousin as "the most sweetest, forgiving, loving person you'd ever meet."
"I love you so much Kimberly Touchton I just don't know what to do without you! My heart is broken in two... she wasn't just some girl she was the most sweetest, forgiving, loving person you'd ever meet!!!"
"Her heart to have been made of gold because never any bad came from her!"
Dylan Davis, Kimberly's fiancé, was inconsolable with grief as he mournfully described her death as "losing part of his soul" the day after her death.
"I feel like my soul was being ripped from my body as the horrifying tragic end of my fiance [sic] kim [sic] was taken from me. My heart burned a hole so hot theres [sic] a black hole of neverending pain sorrow and death."
"Until you have lost literally part of your soul you couldn't comprehend this pain"
"I love you baby I always will I never could've imagined this even could happen we were so perfect together."