By Alexis Stevens The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Forsyth County investigators believe excessive speed and wet conditions may have been factors in a wreck that killed a high school student and injured several others Monday afternoon.
Kyle Alan Robins, 17, died in the two-vehicle wreck, which happened around 4 p.m. on Hendrix Road in Cumming, investigators said. Robins was driving a four-door sedan with a classmate in the front seat at the time of crash, which happened about two miles from North Forsyth High School.
Robins died after apparently crossing the center line and into the path of an oncoming pickup truck, Coroner Lauren McDonald III told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Monday.
“It was a massive impact,” McDonald said. “This truly was a horrific accident.”
The impact split the car into two, with the front portion traveling about 70 yards from the point of collision, McDonald said.
“The car had turned into the truck,” McDonald said. “The driver was on the vulnerable side.”
A front seat passenger, Joel Knost, was transported by ambulance to North Fulton Hospital, where he was in serious condition Monday night. Both teens were juniors at North Forsyth, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for Forsyth County schools.
Three people in the truck were also injured, according to Chief Jason Shivers with the Forsyth County fire department. An 18-year-old female and two juveniles were transported to hospitals by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. That teen is senior at the same school, Caracciolo said. She was transported to North Fulton Hospital, where she was treated and released later Monday.
The ages of the other passengers in the truck were not immediately available. Both were transported by ambulance to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, Shivers said.
After learning of the crash, some students gathered at the high school, Caracciolo said. Student leaders were planning to gather at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the school’s flag pole to remember the classmate who died, she said.
Additional grief counselors are expected to be at the high school Tuesday, Caracciolo said. News of the student’s death was posted on the school’s website.
Robins was a member of the golf team at the school and also played baseball. Will Johnson, an assistant baseball coach for a summer league team, told The AJC he hadn’t gotten to know Robins well. But in a very short time, Johnson was impressed with the teen’s dedication and positive attitude, even during the more laid-back summer season.
“He was one of those kids that never missed a game,” Johnson said.