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Man injured when car crashes into tree
Authorities say speed likely a factor
Forsyth County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Nelson marks the path a Mitsubishi Lancer took as it went off Bethelview Road near Brookfield Circle and struck a pine tree. - photo by Jim Dean (previous profile)

A 19-year-old Canton man is in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital after a single-vehicle wreck Monday in west Forsyth.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Jovi Samonte Gonyea was in surgery Monday afternoon at Grady Memorial Hospital after his vehicle left Bethelview Road and struck a pine tree.

Based on the damage to the Mitsubishi Lancer that Gonyea was driving, “speed was probably a factor,” said Doug Rainwater with the sheriff’s office.

The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. Monday as Gonyea was heading north on Bethelview, Rainwater said. Near Brookfield Circle, Gonyea “went off the roadway, the car went airborne, went back to the ground briefly, went back up and the side of the Lancer struck a pine tree about 10 feet up.”

“It’s incredible the damage,” he added.

Rainwater said there were many witnesses, including one that “physically saw the car leave the roadway and hit the tree.” However, there has been no indication why the vehicle went off Bethelview.

According to Rainwater, there is a steep curve in the road and it’s “almost like the car didn’t follow the curve. It just went straight.”

The investigation is continuing.