A Dawsonville man may face a second-degree vehicular homicide charge after a wreck with a Hall County school bus on Thompson Bridge Road killed his 13-year old daughter Wednesday morning, according to authorities. The Hall County Solicitor’s Office will make the decision on whether to pursue that charge.
Lonnie Anderson, 33, will be charged with failure to maintain lane and slick tires “upon the improvement of his medical condition,” Georgia State Patrol Assistant Post Commander Sgt. A.J. Allen wrote in an email Thursday, May 18. Lonnie Anderson was in critical condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center as of Wednesday night.
Summer Faith Anderson, a seventh-grader at Dawson County Middle School, was killed in the crash on Thompson Bridge Road north of Murrayville, according to Dawson County Schools Superintendent Damon Gibbs.
Her brother Zachary Anderson, 12, a Kilough Elementary School fifth-grader in the same car, was seriously injured and was being transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The wreck involved a Hall County school bus carrying 19 Mount Vernon Exploratory School students and bus driver Barbara Flowers, 65, of Gainesville, who were transported by another school bus to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville for precautionary examinations, Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins said.
Higgins said there were no reports of serious injuries to Hall students.
Three of the students had “very minor injuries,” according to a state patrol news release.
The wreck happened at about 7:10 a.m. May 16 in the 6000 block of Thompson Bridge Road, according to Hall County Fire Services.
Higgins said Bus No. 2105 and the other vehicle, a 1995 Ford Mustang, collided head-on.
Anderson was driving north on Thompson Bridge Road and the bus was traveling south, according to state patrol.
Anderson’s car “struck standing water on the roadway and hydroplaned,” the release says.
His vehicle then traveled into the southbound lane and hit the bus.
No alcohol or drugs were suspected in this crash, according to the state patrol.
Gainesville Times reporter Jeff Gill and Dawson County News reporter Jessica Brown contributed to this report.