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Fatal Forsyth County Crash Involved School Bus, Claims One


Posted on Mar 18, 2013

A fatal Forsyth County car crash occurred on Thursday, March 7, 2013, involving three vehicles—one of which was a school bus. According to police, the deadly accident occurred just prior to 5:00 p.m. on Georgia Highway 9 and North Old Atlanta Road.

Lesia Bennett, 43, was taken to Northside Hospital in Cumming after the crash; however, she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police reported that Antonio Mora, 17, was traveling southbound on Georgia Highway 9 in his 2004 Nisan Titan at the same time Bennett was heading eastbound on North Old Atlanta Road in her 2000 Mercury Mountaineer. During this time, a Forsyth County school bus was stopped at a traffic light on Highway 9. The bus, driven by 46-year-old Sheila Trowell, was waiting to make a left turn onto North Old Atlanta Road.

When Mora and Bennett arrived at the intersection at the same time, they collided. Upon impact, Bennett’s vehicle hit the side of the school bus. Authorities indicated that Bennett was not wearing a seat belt at the time of this collision and suffered fatal injuries.

Mora was wearing his seat belt and suffered injuries. He was treated at Northside Hospital and was released a short time later. The bus driver did not report any injuries, and no students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

This crash closed the intersection for a couple hours for investigation and cleanup. Investigators are still looking into the cause of this crash, and no charges have been filed at this time.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith would like to extend our condolences to Lesia Bennett’s family and friends during this very difficult time.

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