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Woman charged in fatal wreck
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Forsyth County News

A Gainesville woman faces charges in connection with a fatal wreck early this year in northeastern Forsyth County.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s traffic investigator Ron Tomblin said authorities plan to arrest 44-year-old Deborah Elaine Mace this week on two counts each of vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle.

She also faces charges of possession of cocaine, failure to maintain lane and driving without insurance.

Tomblin said the charges were delayed because authorities were waiting on toxicology results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab.

The Jan. 31 head-on collision claimed the lives of 48-year-old Ricky Joe Frady and 57-year-old Brenda Williams, a custodian at Chestatee Elementary School.

Williams’ 18-year-old granddaughter, Keisha Ray, and 48-year-old Hattie Lorene Skywark, were injured in the wreck.

All were riding in Frady’s 2007 Kia Sportage on Hwy. 53 near the Forsyth-Dawson County line when the vehicle was struck by a 2005 Dodge Stratus driven by Mace.

She was hospitalized for injuries suffered in the wreck. There were no passengers in her vehicle.

A westbound motorist called 911 moments before the collision to report that a vehicle matching the description of Mace’s car was “having difficulty maintaining lane,” authorities said.

They also have said that alcohol and speed may have contributed to the collision.