SOUTH FORSYTH -- A man involved in a head-on collision in south Forsyth that sent five people to the hospital has succumbed to his injuries, authorities said.
Adolfo Mendoza, 40, of Norcross, passed away at Grady Memorial Hospital just more than a month after the May 7 accident on Old Atlanta Road.
He reportedly does not have family in the area, though his brother traveled to Georgia to bring Mendoza’s body back to Texas for burial, according to Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Mendoza was driving a 2001 Ford F-250 south on Old Atlanta Road between St. Marlo Club Parkway and Hilltop Drive about 3 p.m. May 7 when a 2008 Ford Super Duty pickup that was negotiating a northbound curve entered the southbound lane into Mendoza’s path.
Mendoza reportedly attempted to avoid the collision by braking and steering his vehicle into the shoulder, but the impact forced his truck into the guardrail.
He was towing a trailer loaded with a Bobcat, which broke the chains securing it during impact, striking the back of the truck. The trailer came to a rest under the rear of the truck.
After going through surgeries in Atlanta immediately after the crash, Mendoza was kept in a medically induced coma.
Two of his passengers, a 38-year-old man and a 46-year-old man, both from Lilburn, were taken to North Fulton Hospital, where they were admitted at the time for serious buta non-life threatening injuries.
Two other passengers, a 40-year-old man from Norcross and a 19-year-old man from Lilburn, were also taken to North Fulton to be treated for minor injuries and were subsequently released.
The driver of the Ford Super Duty, 30-year-old Joshua Davis, of Cumming, was treated on scene for minor cuts and abrasions, Rodriguez said, before being arrested for driving under the influence, three counts of serious injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and distracted driving.
Rodriguez said additional charges may be filed to reflect the now-fatal incident.
A crash investigations unit with the sheriff’s office and the Forsyth County Fire Department responded to the scene. Old Atlanta was shut down for about 4.5 hours due to the extent of the investigation, the amount of fluid and debris on the road and the time it took to separate the F-250 from the Bobcat and trailer, which has “embedded in the rear end.”