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July 8, 2003

Albany- A UGA student has been indicted for vehicular homicide in the death of a fraternity brother. 19 year old Travis Starr died of head injuries a week after falling from a truck driven by Brett Allen Steele April 17th in Athens.

State troopers say though it's not illegal, it is unsafe for anyone to ride in the back of a pick-up truck. Passengers over the age of 18 can ride in the back of a truck if they can do so safely.

Still troopers say the risk of injury is too great. "I've worked a few with individuals thrown out from the truck. Very rarely are they not injured at all if not killed. I don't think I've had any where anybody's been thrown out of a truck and walked away from the accident," says Trooper Scott McClure.

It is unlawful for passengers riding in truck beds to sit on top of utility boxes in the trucks.

Posted at 5:50 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com