Driver facing charges after deadly I-20 crash into Augusta Canal

AUGUSTA (WJBF) — An Augusta man is dead and another is in the hospital after their pickup truck plunged into the Augusta Canal early Sunday morning.

It happened around 4:45 a.m. on the I-20 bridge that goes over the canal.

Investigators say the driver, 26-year-old Eduardo Gonzales, was heading westbound when he lost control of the vehicle.

His vehicle hit a guard rail, went over it and crashed into the water below.

The passenger, 20-year-old Michael Botello, died in the crash.

Gonzales made it out and is recovering at the hospital. He’s facing several charges including Vehicular Homicide, Driving Too Fast For Conditions, Failure to Maintain Lane, DUI, Driving Without a License and Driving Without Registration.

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for this week.


AUGUSTA (WJBF) — One person is dead after a pick-up truck plunged into the Augusta Canal early Sunday morning.

Deputies responded to the scene a little before 5:30 a.m.

There were two people inside the truck when it crashed.

One victim is currently in the hospital being treated.

Search crews found the other victim who was pronounced dead.

The truck has been pulled from the canal.

The name of the victims have not been released at this time.

NewsChannel 6 will continue to keep you updated.


AUGUSTA (WJBF) — Richmond county deputies are currently at the state line of I-20 after a pick-up truck has gone over the guard rail of the bridge and into the river.

The vehicle is completely submerged.

Deputies are waiting on the dive team to arrive.

There were two people in the truck.

One victim was taken to the hospital but crews have not been able to find the other person at the time.

We have a crew heading to the scene and will keep you updated.

You can expect traffic delays on I-20 westbound for the next several hours.

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