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Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash
Teen grandson remains in critical condition
1. Fatal Wreck
A Forsyth County man was killed and his wife and grandson seriously injured after a crash on Ga. 400 over the weekend. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive.

John Joseph Dumphy, 78, died at the scene of the collision, according to Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond.

His wife and 15-year-old grandson were transported to area hospitals with injuries sustained in the crash that was reported just after 7:30 p.m.

"We transported the woman to Northeast Georgia Medical Center by ambulance, and the teen was flown to Grady," Thurmond said.

She suffered a non-life threatening spinal injury, while the teen is battling "unspecified serious injuries," according to Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone.

Authorities said Dumphy failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming Jeep, driven by Justin Wade Isbell of Dahlonega, who was headed north on Ga. 400.

"Witnesses stated that [Dumphy] stopped at the stop sign but then slowly drove across [Ga.] 400 when his car was struck by the Jeep," Stone said.

An 18-year-old passenger in the Jeep, Ramona Ball of Talking Rock, was also injured in the crash when the vehicle overturned on impact.

"She was ground transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with a spinal injury," Stone said.

Isbell and a second passenger were not injured.

Stone said everyone in both vehicles except for Dumphy was wearing seatbelts.

She also said drugs and alcohol were not considered factors in the wreck, and charges would not be filed as the driver at fault was killed.

Dumphy's death marks the county's fifth fatality on local roads since the beginning of the year.