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Deputy, second driver both charged in wreck
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Forsyth County News


Both drivers, including a Forsyth County Sheriff's Office employee, have been cited in connection with a two-vehicle, head-on wreck this past summer.

Sheriff's deputy Ron Rush, 60, was charged last month by the Georgia State Patrol with driving too fast for conditions, a trooper confirmed Monday.

Noe Garcia-Lopez, 21, of Cumming, was charged with driving without a license.

Rush was on his way to work about 6:19 a.m. July 2 when his Ford Explorer collided with a Ford Mustang at Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.

Rush reportedly lost control of his vehicle  and crossed over the centerline, striking Garcia-Lopez's car.

Both had to be cut from their vehicles and were taken to North Fulton Hospital, where Rush was treated and released. Garcia-Lopez was initially listed in critical condition.

Sheriff Ted Paxton said Rush is still employed by the agency.

"Obviously, he was driving his own vehicle and was not on duty at the time, so right now I can not speculate that he had violated any policies of the sheriff's office," Paxton said.

"So any sanctions he would suffer from this would be those sanctions imposed by the courts."

Rush, who has been with the sheriff's office since 2002, works in the court services division.