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Woman killed crossing Ga. 400
Collision first of three in less than a day
A GMC Yukon and BMW collided on Hwy. 9, one of three wrecks in about 18 hours. - photo by Jim Dean

A 49-year-old woman was killed Thursday night as she walked across Ga. 400 in north Forsyth.

The collision was the most severe of three that occurred in Forsyth County over about an 18-hour span and sent at least two other people to the hospital.

The pedestrian fatality, which remains under investigation, occurred about 7 p.m. Thursday near Settingdown Circle.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Cpl. David Garrison, Juanita Cole of Smith Drive stepped into the path of a southbound 2012 Ford F-150 pickup.

According to Garrison, the area is not lit and Cole, who was walking from her house, was wearing dark clothing.

Neither the driver of the pickup truck, a 50-year-old Dawsonville woman, nor a passenger were injured, he said.

The other two wrecks occurred Friday in Cumming.

Authorities say a suspected drunk driver caused a head-on collision about 9 a.m. at Kelly Mill Road and Tolbert Street.

According to Cumming Police Sgt. Bryan Zimbardi, 39-year-old Humberto Cruz-Jimenez of Punch Hammond Road was charged with driving under the influence and following too closely.

He also faces charges of driving without a driver’s license and disorderly conduct.

A Cumming police report shows that Cruz-Jimenez was traveling west on Kelly Mill in a 2008 Ford F-150 when he struck another pickup, a 2005 Ford F-150, from behind as it was stopped in traffic.

The collision knocked the second truck into the lane of oncoming traffic, where it struck an eastbound Nissan Rogue.

The 34-year-old man driving the Rogue was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth for evaluation, Zimbardi said.

Nearly four hours later, a GMC Yukon attempting to make a left onto Church Street from Hwy. 9 was broadsided and overturned.

A Cumming Police report shows the Yukon, driven by 59-year George Colmant of Misty Hollow Lane, was heading north on Hwy. 9 about 12:45 p.m. when it was struck by a southbound BMW 328i as it approached Church Street.

Colmant, who told police he did not see the BMW, was cited for failure to yield while turning left.

The 24-year-old man driving the BMW was taken to Northside for what Zimbardi said appeared to be minor injuries.