A Forsyth County man was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday, June 8 after a wreck involving his riding lawnmower and vehicle on Hopewell Road near Church Road.
According to a news release from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Paul Nix, 68, of Cumming, “was operating his mower in his front yard near the roadway when a white Ford Fusion operated by 22-year-old Kenneth Johnson failed to negotiate the curve and struck the mower.”
Johnson, who sustained minor injuries, was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle 1st degree, driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and writing sending reading texts while driving. He is being held at the Forsyth County Jail on no bond.
“During the on-scene investigation, a cell phone was in the debris on the ground outside of the Fusion and was confirmed to belong to Mr. Johnson,” the release said. “The text screen was active, and it appeared that Mr. Johnson was replying to a text at the time of the crash. Field sobriety evaluations were also conducted on Mr. Johnson. At the conclusion of the evaluation, it was determined that Mr. Johnson was driving under the influence.”