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Local woman dies after wreck on Buford highway

What began as a run of the mill traffic investigation has become a potential case of homicide by vehicle for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, on May 26 emergency services personnel responded to the scene of a two-vehicle collision at the Buford Highway and the Ga. 400 northbound on-ramp and found one driver, Sadra Mettee, 77, of Cumming with visible injuries.

Through an investigation of the scene, it was determined that a 2016 Nissan Altima driven eastbound on Buford Highway by Thomas Wright, 49, of Sandy Springs, allegedly “failed to yield on a flashing yellow turn arrow” while turning onto the Ga. 400 on ramp and struck a 2007 Hyundai Sonata driven westbound by Mettee, according to the report.

“Mr. Wright was found to be at fault in the collision and was issued a citation for failure to yield while turning left,” the report states.

Mettee was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and a female passenger of the 2016 Nissan was treated for minor injuries at the scene, the report states.

The report states that several days after the wreck, authorities were informed that Mettee had been admitted for serious injuries and had been subsequently been placed on life support.

Authorities were contacted by an attorney for the Mettee family on June 5, and told that she had passed away the day before.

“At that time, the case was considered reopened,” Deputy First Class Andy Ives stated in the report.

According to Deputy Jenny Belafi, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, a charge of homicide by vehicle is pending based on the results of a medical investigation.