EAST FORSYTH — A fatal, single-vehicle crash after midnight on New Year’s Eve was one of three wrecks over the holiday travel period in Forsyth County, authorities said.
The driver of a BMW, 27-year-old Forrest Bushong of Cumming, was pronounced dead Thursday at the scene on Samples Road after he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree near Mashburn Elementary School.
The collision occurred about 5:30 a.m., said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. The road was shut down for several hours in the aftermath, with the vehicle suffering “extensive damage.”
No one else was in the BMW, which Regan said traffic investigators estimated was traveling at 116 mph in a 40 mph zone. Alcohol and drugs are suspected factors.
Based on evidence from the scene, no results are pending, and the investigation has been closed.
The fatality was part of an otherwise quiet New Year’s Eve for Forsyth.
Injuries resulted from another single-vehicle wreck involving a pickup truck that struck a tree in west Forsyth about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Regan said.
The 23-year-old male driver was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence, reckless driving and traveling too fast for conditions. He also was cited for failure to maintain lane, a tire requirement violation and having a fake license plate.
The driver was taken to an area hospital instead of jail, as was a 23-year-old male passenger. Both suffered what were described as severe but non-life threatening injuries. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.
A 27-year-old female passenger — who did have on a seatbelt — suffered minor injuries, Regan said. Both passengers are Cumming residents.
A third New Year’s Eve crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. but did not result in injuries or arrests.
Including the 10 p.m. incident, there were four people arrested for DUI between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday, Regan said. That’s compared to three DUIs in 2013, none in 2012 and six in 2011.
There were no fatalities from 2011-13.
Regan said a possible explanation for the lack of arrests in 2012 may be that it rained on Jan. 1.
The arrests this year came from 72 traffic stops within the same time frame. There were 86 in 2013, 59 in 2012 and 60 in 2011.
“It’s very hit or miss with New Year’s Eve,” Regan said. “Some years we will be slammed busy, and some nothing will happen.”