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Rain likely factor in fatal three-vehicle wreck
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Forsyth County News


Authorities say heavy rain late Saturday may have contributed to a three-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Suwanee man.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Tim House said the collision occurred about 10 p.m. at McGinnis Ferry Road and Quailbrook Chase on the Forsyth-Fulton County line.

House said Salah Safadi died as a result of injuries he suffered when his 1997 Pontiac Bonneville was struck by two other vehicles.

According to House, Safadi was traveling north on McGinnis Ferry when his vehicle was struck by a 2010 Honda Accord, driven by 72-year-old Krishnamurti Gopalan of 3690 Ridge Fair Drive.

Gopalan was turning left onto McGinnis Ferry from Quail Brook Chase when his vehicle hit the side of the Pontiac, spinning it clockwise into the path of a southbound 2011 Toyota Rav 4.

The Toyota, driven by 59-year-old Curtis Spanburgh of 7270 Treyburn Drive, then struck the Pontiac on its side.

Safadi and Spanburgh were taken to Emory Johns Creek Hospital, where Safadi later died, House said.

"The accident is still under investigation, but alcohol is not believed to be a factor," House said. "Heavy rain is a contributing factor and charges are pending."

It was the sixth fatal wreck of the year, and second in a week, on Forsyth County roads.

A 48-year-old Forsyth County man died March 19 when he overcorrected, lost control and his vehicle hit the guardrail under a bridge off Ga. 400 north near Majors Road.

The other fatalities occurred in January.

A Dawson County man was killed Jan. 27 when his car collided head-on with a garbage truck in extreme north Forsyth County on A.C. Smith Road.  

On Jan. 17, a 70-year-old Ball Ground man was killed when his pickup was struck by another vehicle at Hwy. 141 and Sharon Road in south Forsyth.

Two days earlier, a 42-year-old man died when his pickup crashed at Doc Bramblett and Wallace Lake Circle in northwestern Forsyth.

A two-vehicle collision Jan. 14 on Buford Dam Road near the Ga. 400 bridge in Cumming claimed the life of a 38-year-old man.

Ice was likely a factor in that wreck, authorities have said.

In the Jan. 14 and 17 wrecks, a driver has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, among other counts.