The driver who reportedly ran a stop sign in Dawsonville and caused a wreck that killed 15-year-old Lambert High School student Eliza Farrell was arrested for driving under the influence and is already out of jail after posting a $40,200 bond.
Brayden Lewis Clark, 21, of Loganville, was arrested a day after the July 4 crash for DUI, felony first-degree homicide by vehicle, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, failure to stop for a stop sign, open container violation, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, reckless driving, tire requirements and failure to wear a seat belt.
The accident occurred at 9:27 p.m. July 4 when Clark ran through the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Road and Grizzle/Industrial Park roads, according to Georgia State Patrol Spokeswoman Robin Stone, which is behind the North Georgia Premium Outlets.
Farrell, a rising junior at Lambert in south Forsyth, was sitting in the rear passenger seat of a 2006 Acura that was traveling west on Industrial Park Road when it was struck on that side by Clark’s 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was heading south on Lumpkin Campground Road. Clark was the only occupant in his vehicle.
"Eliza was a wonderful young lady who exemplified the best that Lambert strives for," Principal Gary Davison said. "She was kind, well-liked, hard-working. Her legacy will remain at Lambert as long as those who knew her. We will all greatly miss her."
The 16-year-old driver of the Acura, Xavier Sanchez, and two other passengers are all Dawson County High School students. They have been identified as Kevin Arias, 16, and Rachel Rajczak, whose age has not been released.
Both drivers and both passengers were to Northeast Georgia Medical Center – Clark, Sanchez and Rajczak had non-life threatening injuries.
Brenda Arias, Kevin’s sister, said Thursday night he is out of the ICU and in a recovery room.
According to Stone, the incident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Forsyth County News Editor Kayla Robins contributed to this article.