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Wrecks claim two from here
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Forsyth County News

Two Forsyth County residents died in separate single-vehicle wrecks over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, Edward Denton Bradley, 61, traveled off a curve along Hwy. 20 in eastern Cherokee County.

The 2006 Kia Sedona he was driving “then struck a ditch and a culvert before overturning,” Wright wrote in an e-mail.

A few minutes before the crash, which occurred about 6:40 p.m. Friday, Wright noted that the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office had fielded a report of a hit-and-run involving a Kia Sedona at Hwys. 20 and 369.

He added that the Sedona’s wreckage was not found and reported to the state patrol until about 7:05 a.m. Saturday.

Early Thursday morning, 21-year-old Alex Owen Pagel lost control of a 1985 Nissan 300ZX on Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369), just east of Reeves Road, said Karleen Chalker, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

His car struck a tree on the driver’s side door at about 3:20 a.m., Chalker said.

Pagel, of Bullock Lane, was not wearing a seatbelt, she said, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Statewide, 19 traffic fatalities were reported statewide during the 102-hour holiday travel period, which ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday.

According to the state patrol, troopers investigated 11 of the 19 fatal crashes that occurred during that span, as well as 622 wrecks that resulted in 263 injuries.

Nearly all of the fatal crashes involved either speed, alcohol or failure to wear a seat belt, according to the state patrol.

In 2011, 18 traffic deaths were reported statewide.

The Forsyth County Fire Department had an “average” number of calls over the four-day holiday weekend, said Division Chief Jason Shivers.

The department responded to 154 calls, including 92 medical emergencies, eight wrecks, 11 brush fires and three reports of unauthorized burning, Shivers said.

In addition, firefighters worked an accidental structure fire at a mobile home, a downed power line and a chimney fire.