One North Forsyth High School student was killed and four other people, including two more North students and two young children, were injured in a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on a rain-slickened road in north Forsyth.
The tragedy has shaken the North Forsyth community and local school system, which had additional counselors at the school Monday night and Tuesday to assist students and staff.
“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized a prayer at the flagpole Tuesday morning … with the majority of the student body attending,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the Forsyth County school system. “Please keep these families and our students in your thoughts and prayers.”
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the wreck occurred about 4 p.m. on Hendrix Road, near the entrance to the Hendrix Place subdivision and about a quarter mile from Hwy. 369.
Sheriff’s Cpl. David Garrison said a southbound 2002 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 17-year-old Kyle Alan Robins “was traveling at a high rate of speed when it came into the curve at the Dexter subdivision.”
“The vehicle then hydroplaned and the driver lost control, striking the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado truck that was traveling northbound,” Garrison continued.
The collision tore the Pontiac in half and killed Robins, who was a junior at nearby North. Half of the car landed about 100 feet down the road.
Forsyth County Coroner Lauren McDonald described the collision as a “horrific” accident.
“When you see the damage to the vehicle, and the youth that’s involved, it’s just something that collapses a community,” McDonald said. “… It was just a tough day in Forsyth County.”
Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers agreed.
“It’s certainly one of the more devastating incidents that we’ve responded to in recent memory,” Shivers said.
According to the sheriff’s office, Robins’ passenger, 16-year-old Joel Knost, also attends North.
McDonald said Robins was giving Knost a ride home from school.
“You had two young people, one was doing a friend a favor and taking him home,” McDonald said. “There was possibly some speed involved … and you’ve got a youth driver. He’s only been driving a couple of years.
“You always hear accidents happen a mile from the destination and the Lake Forrest subdivision was less than a mile away.”
Knost was taken by ambulance to North Fulton Hospital in what authorities described at the time as critical condition. He has since been released.
Also taken to North Fulton with minor injuries was Allyson Jameson, 18, who was riding in the pickup, according to authorities.
Jameson also attends North Forsyth High, where she is a senior, school system officials said.
Two other passengers in the truck, ages 2 and 7, were taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where they were treated and released.
Their mother and Jameson’s aunt, 30-year-old Brandi Densmore of Cumming, was driving the pickup, authorities said. She was not injured.
The elder Densmore, who goes by the first name “Tyler,” is a special education paraprofessional at Cumming Elementary, according to the school system. Her oldest child attends the school.
All of those involved in the wreck were wearing seat belts, according to the sheriff’s office, and alcohol was not a factor. The investigation is ongoing.
According to Shivers with the fire department, Hendrix was closed for nearly four hours, opening about 8 p.m.
“The entire road was blocked with the vehicles and a debris field that was significant,” he said.
Funeral services for Robins are scheduled 5 p.m. Friday at Mountain Lake Church.
According to his obituary, he participated in baseball and was a member of North’s golf team. Immediate survivors included his parents and a younger sister.