11 people killed in county roads this year



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — So far this year, 11 people have lost their lives due to road-related incidents, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Doug Rainwater said in addition to the 11 fatalities, there’s one person who is still in critical condition from a crash last month.

Last year, 23 people lost their lives on Forsyth County's roadways, and since 2002, there have been 180 who were killed on the county’s roadways.

In the last two week, three people were killed; two of them while riding motorcycles.

About 8 a.m. July 28, Gloria M. Lawrence, of Cumming, was driving a 2010 Hyundai Elantra eastbound on Drew Road when she had a medical issue that caused her car to strike a fence. An off-duty deputy spotted the car and rendered aid.

Lawrence was later pronounced dead at Northside Hospital Forsyth.

On July 26, 19-year-old motorcyclist Cameron James Fullerton was struck and killed about 4:40 p.m. on Heardsville Road in northern Forsyth County.

Fullerton, of Pisgah Road in Cumming, was struck by a Ford F250 pickup truck. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Jonathan Troy Sorrells, 34, of Cumming, was driving the truck. He was arrested on the scene and charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide and failure to yield while turning left.

Traffic investigators said Fullerton had attempted to avoid the collision by veering to the right into the parking lot of Quick Serve convenience story (the Old Heardsville Store), but was struck by the pickup's driver side front.

Fullerton was thrown from his Yamaha motorcycle into the parking lot of the store where he died from his injuries.

His death marked the second motorcycle fatality that week in Forsyth County. On Monday, July 22, Kirsti Sue Baiel, 21, of Cumming, was struck by a car at the intersection of McCoy Circle and Spot Road, also in north Forsyth County the sheriff's office said. Baiel was pronounced dead at Northside Hospital Forsyth.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said these crashes remain under investigation.

“People, wake up,” wrote Todd Brown on our Facebook page. “Please watch the roads; there are pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles in the road as well.”

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