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Cumming woman dies in wreck after stealing car, fleeing from police into Gwinnett County
Deputy who initiated chase placed on leave
FCSO

A woman from Cumming was killed in a crash after she and a man reportedly stole a vehicle and led Forsyth County deputies on a chase into Gwinnett County Saturday.

Andrea Allison, 38, was ejected from the vehicle in a head-on collision on Sycamore Road on July 1 just after 10 p.m., according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Allison and Alston Spencer, 28, of Cumming, reportedly stole a vehicle at the Shell gas station on Buford Highway (Hwy. 20) near Samples Road. After a deputy tried to pull Spencer over, he fled down Hwy. 20 into Gwinnett County.

He struck a vehicle carrying four occupants head-on after failing to negotiate a curve, Rainwater said.

In the impact, Allison was ejected and died on scene after a deputy attempted to render CPR.

Spencer reportedly tried to run away but was detained.

He has been charged with felony theft by taking and fleeing and attempting to elude in Forsyth and is wanted for felony probation violation in Hall County.

He is being held in Gwinnett County, where he faces charges of felony homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude, felony theft by receiving and a number of other traffic-related charges.

The four occupants of the other vehicle were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Rainwater said. 

The Gwinnett County Police Department's accident investigation unit is in charge of the fatal crash investigation. Rainwater said the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is assisting as needed.

Forsyth's internal affairs and training unit is also conducting an investigation.

The deputy who initiated the pursuit has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation ensues, as per the sheriff's office policy.

"Anytime there's a serious injury or death related to a deputy, internal affairs does an investigation to make sure all the policies and procedures were adhered to," Rainwater said. "In this case, they were, but it's just policy."