NORTH FORSYTH — A single-vehicle crash Wednesday night at a north Forsyth intersection known for wrecks claimed the life of one West Forsyth High School student and injured another.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, 17-year-old Caleb Ammons was the passenger in a southbound 1998 Honda Civic that left Dr. Bramblett Road in a curve at Milford Trail about 10:30 p.m.
The Honda crossed a driveway, then overturned while going airborne down an embankment. It struck a large tree on its descent, landing in a yard and rolling a couple of more times.
Ammons, who authorities said was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle. He died at the scene.
The driver, 18-year-old Ashton Ciunowicz of Cumming, was removed from the vehicle by Forsyth County firefighters before being taken to North Fulton Hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
Forsyth County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said counselors will be available at West throughout the day to talk with students as needed.
Ciunowicz is a senior and Ammons was a sophomore at West, Caracciolo said, though Ammons’ last day in class was Jan. 7.
According to Caracciolo, Ammons previously attended Vickery Creek Elementary, Vickery Creek Middle and Gateway Academy.
Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said the crash remains under investigation. It did not immediately appear, however, that drugs or alcohol were involved.
Doug Gladden, whose yard turned into the crash scene, said this was the 10thwreck at the intersection in 14 years.
According to Regan, there have been at least 10 at the crossing during that span, though it appears this may be the first involving a fatality.
Gladden said he pulled the seat belt off Ciunowicz’s neck, which the sheriff’s office confirmed.
He said he saw the Honda go end over end down the embankment, tearing limbs off of the tree.
Jim Dean and Kelly Whitmire of the FCN staff contributed to this report.