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Motorcycle crash claims man from Forsyth
Collision occurred near county line, Silver City community
Schenden MUG

DAWSON COUNTY — A Cumming man was killed and his passenger injured in a motorcycle crash over the Memorial Day weekend that has resulted in charges for a Dawsonville man, authorities said.

Jeffrey Bell, 38, was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle about 9:25 p.m. Friday in Dawson County near the Silver City community and the Forsyth County line when he was struck by a 2011 Chevrolet Chase, according to Robin Stone with the Georgia State Patrol.

Bell was flown by medical helicopter to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he succumbed to his injuries.

His passenger, 38-year-old Tanya Bell, was flown to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with what were described as non-fatal injuries. Both Bells were wearing helmets.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 21-year-old Christopher Schenden has been charged with driving under the influence, first-degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle and failure to yield. He is being held at the Dawson County Jail.

Stone said drug use is suspected and that blood tests are pending.

The state patrol, whose troopers handled the wreck, could not confirm if the Bells were married, though their reported addresses were listed on the same street.

The Chase driven by apparently failed to yield as it headed east on Jewell Slaton Road, approaching Hwy. 9. As the driver attempted to make a left onto the highway, the motorcycle slid onto its side and struck the car on the driver’s side.

Both occupants of the motorcycle “became separated from the vehicle during impact.”

The car traveled to an area of “controlled rest” while the motorcycle ended up in a ditch.

Schenden was wearing a seat belt. Neither he nor his 19-year-old passenger from Dawsonville were injured.

The fatality was one of two confirmed in the area during the holiday weekend.

A 61-year-old man from Lawrenceville, Allen Hancock, was found submerged in the Chattahoochee River in Forsyth County by fishermen on Saturday, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies.

His boat was also found nearby, and foul play is not suspected.