Family members, friends and teachers are grieving the loss of 18-year-old MacKean Robertson, who was killed in a three-car wreck on Spot Road in north Forsyth Friday afternoon.
Robertson, a Cumming resident and former Forsyth Central High School student, died at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 4:30 p.m. July 14 at Spot Road’s intersection with Twin Lakes Road across from the Sawnee Mountain Visitor Center, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Funeral arrangements and services
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 20 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Friday, July 21 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at McDonald and Son Funeral Home, located at 150 Sawnee Drive in Cumming.
The funeral will be held Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m. at the Cumming First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.Condolences may be expressed at mcdonaldandson.com.
*Please note for funeral attire, the family is requesting guests not to wear black as MacKean was "full of love and light."
“When deputies arrived, they determined a white 2010 Mercedes SUV, being driven by a 17-year-old Natalie D’Allen from [south Forsyth] and passenger 17-year-old Alexandra Parker, of [south Forsyth], collided with a white 2005 Honda Accord driven by an 18-year-old male from Cumming,” he said. “The Honda slid sideways into the path of a westbound green Nissan Pathfinder.
“The Pathfinder, driven by a 22-year-old Michael Norwood from Dahlonega, also had a front-seat passenger, 37-year-old James Lewis, from Cumming. The occupants of the Pathfinder were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.”
Norwood was the only non-Forsyth resident involved in the crash.
Rainwater said no charges have been filed yet but are pending the results of an investigation, which remains ongoing.
Robertson attended Forsyth Central High School from 2013 through 2016, after which he withdrew to attend Georgia Cyber Academy, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, a spokeswoman for Forsyth County Schools.
Mitch Young, Central’s principal, said Robertson’s mother, Nicole Robertson Bahret, also taught at the school for several years prior to him becoming principal in 2014.
“It’s hard – I’m a parent and I’ve got two teenagers; it’s just so [sad],” he said. “I think one of the biggest things is his mom taught here as a special [education] teacher for several years and was loved by the faculty, so our faculty and staff’s hearts just break for his mom and their whole family.
“We’re all really hurting for Nicole.”
Robertson’s aunt, Baylee Robertson, told the Forsyth County News her nephew graduated from Georgia Cyber in May.
“MacKean recently graduated from high school and had just started a job that he was very excited about – at just 18 years old, he had his whole life ahead of him,” she said. “He was an amazing person who was liked by everyone he came into contact with. His passions included music, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
“We miss our boy more than words can begin to express.”
Prior to attending Central, Robertson attended Otwell Middle and Mashburn Elementary schools, Caracciolo said.
In a social media post the FCN was given permission to use, Bahret said she was “devastated” and “numb” in the wake of the tragedy.
“My first heartbeat outside my body, the boy that gave me purpose and saved me from heading down the wrong path at an early age … MacKean has always been such a force of nature,” she wrote. “He's always been so special, so very unique, so very mine. He was my mini me in so many ways.
“My heart is in a million pieces and I don't know a way to put into words how this feels. I just keep waiting for him to come up the driveway, music thumping, and I keep being told that's not going to happen. I want to wake up from this nightmare so badly, but there is no end in sight.”
Jackson Starling, one of Robertson’s closest friends, said the teen was like a brother to him.
“MacKean is one of my best friends, and we are close enough to be brothers,” he said. “I'll miss him every day, [but] I know that someday I'll see him again and we'll get to finish everything we always talked about.”
A fundraising page to help pay for Robertson’s funeral expenses was set up by Starling’s sister, Emily Starling.
To donate, visit youcaring.com/nicolebahret-877362.