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Driver charged in fatal north Forsyth crash
Victim’s wife injured in accident
Charles Gilbert
Charles Gilbert.

A Forsyth County grand jury has indicted a Dawsonville man in connection to a fatal car crash during which he is accused to have been in possession of an illegal controlled substance.

Charles Benjamin Gilbert, 33, who lives near Lake Lanier in Dawson County, was charged with first- and second-degree homicide by vehicle after a Nov. 9, 2016 accident involving Gilbert’s Chevrolet C 3500 truck on Hwy. 53 in north Forsyth that did, “without malice aforethought, cause the death of” 68-year-old Andrew Pettigrew Jones, of Dawsonville, according to a bill of indictment.

Gilbert also faces a count of serious injury by vehicle for the same accident that left the “sternum and ribs” of Jones’s 67-year-old wife “useless.”

According to an incident report, Gilbert was driving his truck on Hwy. 53 at Anderson Lake Road when it collided with Jones’s 2002 Ford Explorer.

Other charges in the indictment include possession of a schedule I controlled substance, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane, which was reportedly evidenced by Gilbert moving “his vehicle from within a single traffic lane when it was unsafe to do so.”

Gilbert has been convicted of a handful of misdemeanor traffic violations that he paid tickets for since 2001, including speeding and driving with a plate or decal that was expired or not attached.

At the time of the accident, Gilbert had an active failure to appear warrant out of Lumpkin County.