Two people, including a teenager, were killed over an 11-hour span in unrelated wrecks on Forsyth County roads.
Later on Friday, a third wreck left another teenager hospitalized after his vehicle overturned in a ditch in his northeastern Forsyth neighborhood.
And a fourth person, also a teen, escaped serious harm despite being struck by a van Thursday afternoon while riding a bicycle in south Forsyth.
Teenager dies in motorcycle crash
The first fatality occurred Thursday night in north Forsyth.
According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, Cody Frank Luther Rogers, 19, of Bottoms Road died after his motorcycle slammed into a tree on Settingdown Road.
The report said Rogers was riding his 2011 Kawasaki 650 about 8 p.m. when he took a curve too fast and lost control of the motorcycle.
The bike then went off the road and struck a tree. Rogers was thrown from the motorcycle, which traveled about 17 feet before it stopped.
Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the wreck, said Sheriff’s Cpl. David Garrison.
Two-vehicle wreck leaves one dead
Friday morning, a Gwinnett County man was killed in a two-vehicle wreck near Hwy. 9 and Pendley Road.
Michael Stanley Carter, 53, was traveling north on Hwy. 9 about 6:45 a.m., a sheriff’s report shows, when he went through a red light at Pendley, southwest of Cumming.
His 2002 Honda Accord struck a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero, driven by 48-year-old Vickie Cronan of Holly Court, according to the report.
Carter’s vehicle struck the front driver’s side of the Mitsubishi, which was attempting to turn left onto Hwy. 9 south.
Cronan was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, where she was treated for minor injuries, the report shows.
There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Sheriff’s Investigator Ron Tomblin said Carter was not wearing a seat belt.
Authorities do not think alcohol, drugs or excessive speed were factors in the collision.
Car overturns, lands in ditch
Friday afternoon’s single-vehicle wreck sent the 17-year-old driver to Grady Memorial Hospital.
He was in unstable condition, said Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers.
The incident, which authorities said remains under investigation, occurred about 1:30 p.m. next to a home on Hannamill Drive in the Ivyshaw subdivision.
Forsyth County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Karleen Chalker said the teen was coming home alone from work when his Nissan Altima hit a mailbox on Farmshaw Drive.
The vehicle travelled about a quarter of a mile and through the crossing with Hannamill before it landed upside down.
It was not immediately clear if the driver was thrown from the car or pulled himself out. Chalker said he was conscious when emergency personnel arrived.
Cyclist struck by van on Hwy. 141
Nearly 24 hours earlier, a bicyclist was treated for minor injuries after he was struck by a van in south Forsyth, authorities said.
According to a sheriff’s report, 19-year-old Brian Naydenov of Cross Springs Drive was en route to the Kroger at Sharon Greens about 4:40 p.m. when he was struck by a Honda Odyssey.
The collision happened as Naydenov attempted to cross from one side of Hwy. 141to the other while riding along the shoulder and against the flow of traffic.
According to the report, Naydenov rode his bicycle into the path of the van.
Sheriff’s Cpl. Garrison said there is a break in the median where Naydenov attempted to cross and the bicyclist either did not see the van or misjudged his clearance.
Naydenov was not wearing a helmet and was listening to an iPod at the time, Garrison said.
He was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where he was treated and released. Neither the driver of the van nor her two young passengers were injured.
First fatality of week was on Monday
The fatalities Thursday and Friday were the second and third of the week in Forsyth County.
Monday, an 81-year-old man died of injuries suffered in a head-on collision two days earlier.
His wife remains hospitalized, as does the 40-year-old driver of the other vehicle who authorities have charged in the wreck.
Authorities say it appears alcohol was involved in the wreck, which happened about 5 p.m. Saturday on Castleberry Road, between Fenwick Drive and the Creekside subdivision, not far from Bethelview Road.
So far in 2011, there have been at least 10 deaths on local roads.