According to a news release, witnesses reported that several vehicles had stopped for a semi in the process of detaching its trailer at an unloading dock when Bowers' car, a 2008 Toyota Corolla, approached. Bowers apparently decided to try to pass the stalled traffic and continue northbound. Instead, the victim's car slammed into and under the 5-ton trailer. The impact moved the trailer about 15 feet. An investigation was ongoing, but speed was believed to be a factor.