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Authorities say ice likely factor in fatal crash
Driver charged with vehicular homocide
One person was killed Friday when a Pontiac Firebird collided with a BMW on Buford Dam Road near the Ga. 400 bridge. - photo by Jim Dean

Authorities say ice on the road may have been factor in the two-vehicle wreck that killed one person Friday afternoon in Cumming.

The collision, which involved a 2002 Pontiac Firebird and a 2000 BMW, happened about 10:25 a.m. on Buford Dam Road near the Ga. 400 bridge.

Jera Coen, 21, of 2920 Spot Road, was charged by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office with one count each of second-degree vehicular homicide, failure to maintain lane and driving too fast for conditions.

Sheriff's Capt. Tim House said the Firebird was traveling west, away from Market Place Boulevard and towards Hwy. 9, when Coen lost control and crossed into the path of the eastbound BMW.

The BMW struck the side of the Firebird, injuring Coen and killing her passenger, 38-year-old Matthew Inman, House said. Inman has the same address as Coen, but their relationship was not clear.

"It appears to have been an unavoidable accident due to the weather," House said.

Coen was taken to North Fulton Hospital with what were described as minor injuries. The driver of the BMW, 48-year-old Stanley Stong of 555 Lake Center Parkway, was not injured.

Both lanes of the road were clear except for a strip of ice along the side. Authorities suspect the Firebird was moving too fast when its tires hit the ice, sending it into the other lane.

"People still need to use extreme caution and there are still some icy spots in the county," House said. "They just need to be very cognizant of their speed and watch for those icy spots."

The Forsyth County Fire Department and Cumming police also responded to the wreck, which shut down the road in both directions for some time.

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