On Monday, July 16, 2012, a woman was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 53 in Forsyth County. The accident, which occurred around 4:13 p.m., was the fifth head-on crash in the county since May.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s press release, 58-year-old Clara Garmon, of Gainesville, died in the accident, just one day shy of her 59th birthday. The release stated that Garmon was driving west on Highway 53 in northeast Forsyth County when her 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup began to hydroplane. She lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 53 and Truman Mountain Road and drove into the turn lane.
Garmon’s pickup struck a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban that was occupying the turn lane. Brent Christopher Ehrler, of Redlands, California, the 35-year-old driver of the SUV, was unable to avoid being involved in the crash. However, he was able to bring his vehicle to a controlled stop on the south side of the highway. Unfortunately, the pickup spun counter-clockwise after hitting the SUV, before stopping on the north side of the highway.
According to Forsyth County Police Captain David Garrison, both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, but Garmon’s seatbelt broke and she was ejected into the bed of the pickup truck. She was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Ehrler received minor injuries in the accident.
Highway 53 and Truman Mountain Road were closed in the vicinity of the accident for nearly two hours after the accident so police could investigate what happened. Authorities indicated that no charges would be filed, since the crash occurred right as a heavy thunderstorm was moving through the area.
Our Alpharetta injury lawyers at Kalka & Baer are deeply saddened to hear of this tragic crash and would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Clara Garmon and wish Mr. Ehrler a full and fast recovery.
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