Boniface Ndiangui Killed in Fiery Crash on I-75 in Cobb County
Boniface Ndiangui, a 58-year-old beloved Kenyan Diaspora man living in Marietta, GA died in a fiery crash on Interstate-75 in Cobb County. The crash happened around 11:15 Thursday morning in the northbound lanes of I-75 between the Chastain Road and Barrett Parkway exits near Big Shanty Road on February 11, 2021.
Witnesses told investigators there was heavy rain and nearly white-out conditions on the interstate at the time of the crash. One witness said visibility was limited to roughly 40 yards. Investigators believe the crash stemmed from a chain of events that were set off after a driver lost control, hydroplaned and hit a guardrail in the northbound lane of I-75. Authorities say, as traffic began to slow on the interstate, two tractor trailers and a car crashed into each other. That series of accidents then caused a massive pile-up involving a total of 17 vehicles, including at least seven 18 wheelers.
Boniface Ndiangui killed in fiery crash on I-75 in Cobb County
The victim, Boniface Ndiangui of Marietta, was a Freightliner hauling a semi-trailer at the time of the crash. A witness at the scene said that Ndiangui attempted to stop, but the tractor trailer he was driving crashed into the back of a Dodge Ram 3500 truck. Witnesses say, at roughly the same time, a white box van caught fire. The flames then spread to Ndiangui’s Freightliner and another truck. Tragically, Ndiangui died at the scene of the crash.
According to a Kenyan publication, Boniface Ndiangui lived in Marietta, Georgia and was very loved and well-respected in his community. Ndiangui was a native of Nyeri, Kenya and he and his family regularly attended Kenyan American Community Church, KACC in Marietta. Ndiangui’s children, Susan Wangechi Wangondu, and Elijah Wangondu described their father as loving and say he was the backbone of their family. In addition to his children, Ndiang’ui leaves behind a wife, Lydiah Wangondu. He also leaves behind cousins Charles Wangondu and Joseph Wangondu, all residing in Marietta, Georgia.
First responders closed both northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate as they worked to put out the fire. Firefighters say, there are no fire hydrants on I-75. That forced fire fighters to leave the scene to fill up their trucks with hundreds of gallons of water and rush back to continue battling the fire. Authorities say firefighters left and returned six times, which caused delays in the preliminary investigation as well as putting out the fire.
All sides of the interstate remained closed for several hours Thursday as authorities investigated the crash.
Vehicles Involved in fiery I-75 Cobb County Crash Included:
- A white 2002 Freightliner – towing a semi-trailer
- A black 2017 RAM 3500 – towing a car hauler
- A green 2020 Ford F-150
- A gray 2011 Toyota Yaris
- A white 2015 Ford Econoline E-350
- A silver 2016 Mercedes Sprinter Van
- A white 2016 Kenworth towing a semi-trailer
- A red 2011 Ram 3500 towing a two-axle gooseneck trailer
- A white 2002 GMC Savana
- A silver 2001 Audi TT
- A white 2017 Volkswagen Golf
- A blue 2019 Chevrolet Colorado
- A white 3500 Chevrolet Silverado
Unfortunately, heavy rain, snow, and fog can lead to dangerous road conditions for motorists and passengers traveling along highways and interstates. These conditions can pose great risks to people like Bonifice Ndiangui, who operate large vehicles for a living. Crashes involving tractor trailers or 18-wheelers pose grave danger to those of us traveling along roadways and interstates. These oversized trucks are less maneuverable – especially in heavy rain and severe storms.
Families pursuing claims and lawsuits against big companies and at-fault parties are entitled to recover losses under the applicable wrongful death / survival statutes associated with their loved ones. This includes reimbursement for burial expenses, medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
Attorney Walter Gabriel and his staff continue to pray for Mr. Boniface Ndiangui, his family and the Kenyan community he loved so dearly.
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