A tractor pulling double trailers operated by Oliver Mitchell crossed the median where it struck Becker’s vehicle and caused a wreck on Interstate 85. Daniel Becker, 19, and his mother, Pamela Becker, 42, were traveling southbound on Interstate 85, near the South Carolina/Georgia state line. A tractor pulling double trailers operated by Oliver Mitchell was traveling north on Interstate 85 when he lost control, and traveled across the median and through the cable barrier, where it struck the Becker vehicle.
Daniel Becker was killed instantly, and Pamela was grievously injured, then died on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2006. This case was tried in the U.S. District Court in South Carolina. A settlement of $7 million was awarded to Pamela’s family.