Mahmoud Dabdoub, who was on his way to work at a flooring company, will be remembered as a loving husband and wonderful father, said his wife, Wafaa.
“Everything was nice with him. He was a very good husband and dad,” she said.
This is not the first time the Dabdoub family has tasted tragedy from an automobile accident.
Their daughter Alaa, 23, said the death of her father was eerily similar to the loss of her sister, Israa, in a December 2001 traffic accident. Israa was only 10 years old.
“This was harder,” Alaa said. “Hopefully, he’s in heaven with her right now.”
All lanes on Cobb Parkway between Allgood Road and Industrial Park Drive were blocked for three hours while Marietta police investigated the collision and ensuing car fire.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, James David Rast Jr., 47, of Jay, Fla., cooperated with authorities.
Marietta police spokesman Michael Gardner said the truck driver was leaving Industrial Park Drive when he drove into the path of Dabdoub’s commercial van at about 7:15 a.m.
“Dabdoub was killed when his van struck the left side of Rast’s trailer,” Gardner said.
Rast, who was uninjured, was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield on a left turn.
He was booked into the Cobb County jail, where he is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Gardner confirmed Rast had been transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was given a blood-alcohol test.
“When it’s involving a commercial vehicle, it’s necessary,” Gardner said.
The results were not available by press time.
Gardner said witnesses confirmed Rast’s statement that he observed the stop sign at Industrial Park Drive.
Any additional witnesses are welcome to come forward, Gardner said.
“I would talk to anyone who saw anything,” he said.
The police are also reviewing video from a traffic camera at Allgood and U.S. 41.
The truck was a 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer belonging to the Western Express freight line.
Dabdoub’s vehicle was a white 2006 Chevrolet Express van, which was traveling north on Cobb Parkway, and had the right of way.
Anyone with information is asked to call Gardner at 770-794-5266.
Gardner said the intersection was the scene of another accident five years ago but did not have any line-of-sight issues.
“The visibility from that point is more than adequate,” he said.
Another police spokesman, Officer David Baldwin, said multiple agencies responded to the call.
Georgia State Patrol officers helped shut down Cobb Parkway, Baldwin said, and the Georgia Department of Transportation arrived in case freezing temperatures caused a road hazard.
“The fire department had a lot of equipment and used a lot of water to put the fire out,” Baldwin said. “GDOT was out there with a salt truck.”