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Driver charged in fatality
Diego Castaneda - photo by Submitted
A Canton man has been charged in connection with a fatal wreck earlier this week that claimed the life of a Forsyth County motorcyclist.

Diego Castaneda, 20, was arrested Tuesday by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on one count of second-degree homicide by vehicle.

According to a sheriff’s report, Castaneda was released Tuesday night from the Forsyth County Detention Center after posting $2,200 bond.

Castaneda was driving a GMC Yukon along Lanier 400 Parkway on Monday afternoon when he reportedly turned into the path of an oncoming Harley Davidson on Bald Ridge Road.

The motorcycle struck the driver’s side door of the Yukon.

The driver of the motorcycle, 60-year-old Roger Lee Adams, later died from his injuries at an area hospital.

Friends of Adams and fellow motorcycle enthusiasts said he was kind and outgoing.

“He was a truly unique person that no one could ever say anything negative about,” longtime friend Lisa Ramirez said Tuesday. “He was just friends with everyone.

“A lot of people loved him. He was just so laid back and genuinely nice.”

Adams was a regular patron of Austin’s Steak and Seafood in Cumming.

Owner Steve Murphy said he was “always respectful and always had several friends from all walks of life in his company.”

Castaneda has been scheduled to appear in State Court in November.

The collision on Bald Ridge was one of two fatal wrecks in a 13-hour span earlier this week.

In the second incident, a man died after the 1991 Honda Accord he was driving left Pendley Road and struck a tree Tuesday morning. The vehicle then burst into flames.

As a result of the circumstances, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with the case. The driver’s identity has not been determined.