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Two hit crossing downtown street during rain
Heavy downpours, but few other weather woes
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Forsyth County News

CUMMING — Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning while crossing a street in downtown Cumming.

The incident, which disrupted traffic for about 30 minutes, happened about 8:40 a.m. and was the most serious of a rain-drenched stretch as heavy storms crossed the area.

According to Cumming Police Sgt. Bryan Zimbardi, a 28-year-old Cumming man was making a left turn from Veterans Memorial Boulevard onto Maple Street and didn’t see the two crossing the street because his windows were fogged.

The pedestrians, a 41-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, were taken to separate hospitals with what Zimbardi described as moderate in-scene injuries.

The driver likely will be charged with two counts of failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Zimbardi said drugs or alcohol are not suspected in the incident.

Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies helped direct traffic through downtown.

Zimbardi said police also responded to reports of downed utility lines on Dahlonega Street that stopped traffic for about an hour. He added that they may have been telephone lines, because he didn’t hear of any power outages.

There were no other major weather-related issues — fires, lightning, significant flooding — Tuesday, although the Forsyth County Fire Department handled a few calls.

Two homes were struck by falling trees about 7 a.m., according to Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers. One fell on a house on Majors Road, causing minor damage. A second fell on a residence in the Homesteaders Mobile Home Park on Atlanta Highway, causing “significant damage but no injuries.”

Shivers said the family will be displaced.

Around that same time, a tree fell on a moving vehicle in the area of Hwy. 369 and Old Federal Road in northwestern Forsyth.

A driver and passenger were trapped inside for a short time, Shivers said, and were taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth with minor injuries.