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Authorities: Speed a factor in head-on crash
One driver remains hospitalized after wreck on Shiloh
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Forsyth County News

A 29-year-old Forsyth County man remained hospitalized Tuesday, two days after a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Shiloh Road.

William Frank Cash III was in stable condition at North Fulton Hospital, where he was taken after the wreck, authorities said.

The collision occurred about 12:30 p.m. Sunday near the area of 4403 Shiloh Road in south Forsyth.

No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon, though authorities say they are likely as the investigation continues.

The wreck occurred in front of the house where Susan Boling has lived for 27 years. She wasn’t surprised at all to hear that authorities say speed was a factor in the wreck.

“I know at least seven, possibly 10 accidents that have happened here because of that curve,” she said. “You cannot make this curve with any kind of speed like that, especially going south.”

According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Investigator Ron Tomblin, an eastbound 2011 Dodge Challenger, driven by Cash, was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve on Shiloh. It crossed into the westbound lane, striking a 2007 Suzuki Gran Vitara.

Tomblin said the Dodge then went into a field, flipping over a couple times before landing on its passenger side about 150 feet from the road.

According to Tomblin, the driver of the Suzuki, 49-year-old Elizabeth Dickman, had been unable to avoid the collision. She was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where she was treated and released for minor injuries.

Also treated and released was a 17-year-old passenger in Dickman’s vehicle, Tomblin said.

Two other passengers, both teenagers, were not hurt. Cash was traveling alone.

Boling said another neighbor was following the Dodge as the two vehicles turned onto Shiloh. It was going so fast, however, that the neighbor quickly lost sight of the vehicle.

Boling said the Dodge “had to have been going 80 to 100 miles an hour according to three neighbors.”

Brendan Chadwick also got an up-close look at the crash as he was traveling behind the Suzuki en route home from St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church.

Chadwick said he didn’t see the Dodge, but “saw the car in front of us just stop and I saw pieces of the car go across the road.”

“There was no thinking about it,” he said. “I saw one of the kids fall out and lay down on the side of the road and I just knew I had to go and see who else was in there.”

Chadwick added that Dickman was also on her way home from St. Brendan’s and her husband, who was in a separate vehicle with two of their other children, had to swerve to avoid the Dodge.

After the crash, Chadwick went over to the Suzuki to make sure everybody was out. One teen needed help, he said.

“The door on his side was jammed, so I had to carry him out of the back seat and had some other gentleman carry him out as well,” Chadwick said. “It’s just a blessing nobody got killed.”

With all the wrecks that have happened by her home over the years, Boling has had to replace four mailboxes and often has to pick up small pieces of wreckage left behind.

“I probably should have called the [state Department of Transportation] a long time ago,” she said.

“The big problem with this whole situation is the road. It’s basically a pig trail that they just keep paving over and they are not fixing the problems.”