Buford woman, 20, indicted for wreck that killed girl, 14, near Cumming
Crash near Buford Dam injured teen, pregnant woman
Kayla Savanna Welch.

A 20-year-old Buford woman has been indicted in Forsyth County for a June 2016 crash that killed a 14-year-old girl and injured three others, including a pregnant woman, near the Buford Dam.

Kayla Savanna Welch was indicted by a grand jury on July 10 on three counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle, one county of driving under the influence, two counts of reckless driving and one count of speeding.

The homicide charges stem from an accident Welch is accused of causing on Lower Pool Park Road on June 16, 2016 that resulted in the death of Morgan Victoria Tumlin, of Buford, while “there was an amount of marijuana in her blood” and she was “driving 25 miles or more over the posted speed limit causing [her Toyota Camry] to leave the roadway.”

Welch was reportedly traveling at 32-34 miles per hour on the two-lane road with a speed limit of 5 mph.

The single-vehicle wreck occurred at 6 p.m. when Welch reportedly lost control of her vehicle, which partially overturned onto the driver’s side and came back onto all four wheels before crashing, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office officials said at the time.

Tumlin was ejected from the vehicle and temporarily pinned underneath the car.

Two other passengers were able to exit the vehicle and push it off the girl, who reportedly was not conscious.

She was transported to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Latoya Tabordon, a Gainesville resident who was 22 years old at the time and 36 weeks pregnant with twins, was taken to North Fulton Hospital with serious injuries, where she was later listed as stable but bruised and expected to be OK.

The third passenger, Elijah Mayfield, of Buford, who was 18 at the time, was also taken to North Fulton Hospital with what were described then as non-life threatening injuries.

Welch was transported to North Fulton Hospital with serious injuries.

Forsyth County Superior Court Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley is presiding over the case, for which no plea or trial date has been set.