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Local man killed in head-on collision

Local authorities have reported that a man from Forsyth County has died after a serious head-on vehicle collision that briefly shut down Canton Highway on Thursday afternoon.

According to a news release by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Connie Mack “Doc” Lathem, 87, of Cumming was pronounced dead Friday at North Fulton Hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, at 12 p.m. Thursday deputies began receiving 911 calls that a 2002 Lexus GS300 was traveling down Canton Highway driving on the wrong side of the road and appeared as if the driver was not in control.

Shortly after, they began receiving calls that two vehicles on Canton Highway had collided head-on, just east of Bethelview Road.

The release states that the sheriff’s office believes that the Lexus, driven by Brandon Schneider, 26, of Cumming, was traveling west on Canton Highway when the vehicle crossed over a painted yellow median and struck a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, traveling east on Canton Highway.

The driver of the Chevrolet, her passenger, Lathem, and Schneider were rushed by ground to area hospitals. The release states that both the driver of the Chevrolet and Schneider received serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Rainwater said that due to how the events unfolded and other factors, Schneider is being investigated as a possible DUI driver.

Canton Highway was quickly reopened and the incident will be investigated by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Specialist Unit, Rainwater said.