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Tires seized from vehicle involved in deadly I-40 wreck

Posted March 17, 2011 11:26 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police have seized the front tires of a vehicle driven by a woman who was killed during a chain-reaction wreck on Interstate 40 West last month, according to search warrants obtained by WRAL News on Thursday. 

On Feb. 23, Amelia Hernandez-Garcia, 34, got out of a vehicle stopped in the center lane and asked for help from another motorist who had stopped. As she was standing outside the other vehicle, a Mini-Cooper struck it causing Hernandez-Garcia to be thrown into traffic. She was then struck by a vehicle and died at the scene. 

Hernandez-Garcia's vehicle was also hit in the crash. 

According to search warrants, police found the tread on the right front tire of Hernandez-Garcia's vehicle had separated from the side wall and the left front tire had substantial wear to the side wall. The vehicle also had temporary 30-day tags, indicating it may have been recently purchased. Police believe Hernandez-Garcia stopped due to a mechanical problem with her vehicle. 

Police seized the airbag control module from the vehicle that knocked Hernandez-Garcia into traffic, according to search warrants. The module will help law enforcement determine the speed the vehicle was traveling. 

No charges have been filed.