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Gainesville woman dies in north Forsyth crash

Two drivers also injured

POSTED: April 19, 2017 10:02 a.m.
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A 2009 Volkswagen Passat was struck by a 2004 F-150 pickup truck about 6:12 p.m. on April 18 at the intersection of Dahlonega Highway (Hwy. 9) and Mountain Road. A passenger in the Passat died from her injuries, and both drivers were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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NORTH FORSYTH – A Gainesville woman died Tuesday evening from injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle crash in north Forsyth that also sent two others to the hospital.

Alicia Velazquez, 24, was the passenger in a 2009 Volkswagen Passat that was struck by a 2004 F-150 pickup truck about 6:12 p.m. on April 18 at the intersection of Dahlonega Highway (Hwy. 9) and Mountain Road.

The Passat was heading north on Hwy. 9 when the driver, a 31-year-old male from Sugar Hill, reportedly attempted to turn left at the intersection, pulling into the path of the southbound truck, according to Cpl. Pete Sabella, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Both drivers – the driver of the pickup truck was a 35-year-old male from Cumming – were injured in the collision and transported to North Fulton Hospital.

Initial reports on Tuesday were that one of the drivers sustained critical injuries and the other moderate. Sabella said both were thought to be non-life threatening as of Wednesday morning.

A medical helicopter was requested to transport Velazquez to a hospital, but “as the helicopter was inbound, her condition deteriorated to the point that she was not a flyable patient,” according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers.

She was instead taken by an ambulance to the closest hospital, which was Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where she was pronounced dead.

Shivers said units on scene determined the landing space would be in the field of a church on Antioch Road, which happened to be holding an event at the time.

The intersection was shut down until about 7:41 p.m., Sabella said.

A traffic specialist unit with the sheriff’s office was called to the scene and is investigating the cause of the crash. Sabella said charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.


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