Posted on Oct 04, 2013

Three cars collided on Ga. 400 on September 9, 2013. Sadly, this Forsyth County car accident set one vehicle on fire and caused one person’s death. According to authorities, this fiery crash occurred in the southbound lanes of Ga. 400 near Pilgrim Mill Road.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office reported that 60-year-old Maria Josefa Martinez, of Oakland Street in Cumming, was driving a 2009 Toyota Yaris coupe southbound when she plowed into the rear of a freightliner tractor trailer. The force of the impact caused the Yaris to spin out of control and hit another vehicle in the process.

The Yaris collided with a 2004 Ford Econoline van, which sent both the van and Yaris off of the roadway and near the wood line. The van was set ablaze upon impact, and the driver of the van couldn’t get out on his own due to his pre-existing physical conditions. Thankfully, three Good Samaritans came to his rescue and pulled the driver out of the flames. According to a press release, the van was equipped with a wheelchair lift and wheelchair. No information has been released about the van driver or his condition.

However, the driver of the Yaris suffered critical injuries and was taken to Northside Hospital in Forsyth for medical care, but she was pronounced dead around 12:15 p.m., according to Forsyth County Sheriff Deputy Michael Nelson.

This Forsyth County multiple-vehicle crash is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

Our Georgia injury attorneys at Shane Smith Law are saddened to hear of this fatal crash and extend our condolences to the family of Maria Martinez. Additionally, we wish the driver of the van a full and fast recovery.

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