At 11:00 a.m. on a clear day under dry and level road conditions on I-20 in Georgia, a tractor-trailer driven by Billy Ray Outlaw going 60-65 miles per hour slammed into another tractor-trailer driven by Allen Pace, a former war veteran. The impact, the equivalent of more than 4 million lbs. of force, was so hard that it caused the container that was on Pace’s rig to tip over on its side, it broke the 5th wheel of said rig, and it knocked the rig almost 300 ft. down the roadway causing the entire rig and its contents to be completely destroyed, and causing permanent physical injuries to Allen Pace.
As a result of the collision, Pace suffered from a head injury causing him to lose his memory of the accident, and a later spinal fusion that would leave him in constant pain and unable to do what he used to do as an active, young and in shape, outdoors person. Pace’s medical bills would total over $ 40,000.00. Outlaw, who it would show lived up to his name, was, according to eyewitness testimony and blood tests following the accident, popping xanax and other opiates, and washing them down with whiskey for five (5) days straight prior to the accident. Outlaw also had heart disease and sleep apnea and experts at trial would testify that he most likely fell asleep at the wheel due to the side effect of drowsiness from the medications that he was taking and that he, “was a physical wreck before this collision.”