A rising senior at Lambert High School was recently charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a three-car wreck on Spot Road in north Forsyth on July 14 that killed an 18-year-old former Forsyth Central High School student.
On Sunday, July 23, Natalie D’Allen, 17, turned herself in to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office after investigators obtained arrest warrants for second-degree homicide by vehicle, failure to yield when turning left and driving in violation of license restrictions, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
The wreck occurred around 4:30 p.m. July 14 at the entrance of the Sawnee Mountain Visitor Center, which is located just before Spot Road’s intersection with Twin Lakes Road.
MacKean Robertson, a recent graduate of Georgia Cyber Academy, died on scene. He attended Central from 2013 through 2016, said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for Forsyth County Schools.
The crash occurred after D’Allen, who Caracciolo said has attended Lambert since August 2014, attempted to turn left in her 2010 Mercedes SUV onto Spot Road from the Sawnee Mountain Visitor Center parking lot.
She reportedly failed to yield to Robertson’s 2005 Honda Accord, which was traveling eastbound, and the collision between her vehicle and the Accord sent Robertson into a “broadside skid” that pushed it into Spot Road’s westbound lane.
An oncoming green Nissan Pathfinder, driven by 22-year-old Michael Norwood, of Dahlonega, collided with the Accord.
Norwood and his passenger, 37-year-old James Lewis, of Cumming, were transported to a local hospital with non- life threatening injuries.
D’Allen and her passenger, 17-year-old Alexandra Parker, also of south Forsyth, were not injured in the crash.
Rainwater said D’Allen, who was issued an intermediate, or Class D, license on Feb. 22, was not yet allowed to carry non-family member passengers.
Georgia law states a Class D license is “granted to drivers between 16 and 18 years of age who have held an instructional permit for 12 months and passed a driving test.”
Certain passenger restrictions apply, including: for the first six months, no one who is not an immediate family member may ride in the vehicle; during the second six months, no more than one other passenger under 21 years old other than immediate family members is allowed in the vehicle; and after a year, no more than three other passengers under 21 years of age other than immediate family members are allowed in the vehicle.
Class C, or “full” licenses, are issued on or after a person’s 18th birthday.
Rainwater said while the preliminary investigation is closed, resulting in the charges, a more in-depth investigation is ongoing.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected as factors in the crash.
D’Allen posted a $2,825 bond on Sunday.