Local residents are grieving the loss of a Sandy Springs firefighter who was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident early Thursday morning in north Forsyth.
Jacob Hammond, 21, of north Forsyth, was driving a black 2016 Harley Davidson XL1200V on Bannister Road near Namon Wallace Road when he attempted to negotiate a curve, according to Deputy Andrew Ives with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Specialist Unit (TSU.)
“While negotiating [the] curve, the motorcycle left the roadway and [Hammond] was ejected,” he said. “[He] was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Ives said TSU is still investigating the exact cause of the crash.
Sandy Spring Fire Rescue Capt. Craig Miceli, spokesman for the department, told the Forsyth County News Hammond had worked for the fire rescue since March 2015.
“Our department is going through a grieving process,” he said, “and we are standing by in support of the family for whatever they need.”
Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for Forsyth County Schools, said Hammond had attended Forsyth County Schools since 2001, graduating from North Forsyth High School in 2014.
Prior to attending North, he was a student at Little Mill Middle and Chattahoochee Elementary schools.
Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said the sheriff’s office shares their sympathies with the Hammond family.
"Jacob served as a firefighter with the Sandy Springs Fire Department and the Sheriff's Office has been in contact with the Fire Chief there,” he said. “The men and women of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office extend their condolences and prayers to the Sandy Springs Fire Department and the Hammond family.”
Hammond’s death marks the third fatality in Forsyth County this week. On Monday, two Cumming men, an uncle and nephew, were killed when their garbage truck collided with a Mack dump truck at the entrance of Fowler Park in south Forsyth.
TSU worked that wreck as well.