Beloved Dawson County High School soccer coach Jed Lacey was killed and others were injured in a four-vehicle crash on Ga. 400 in Forsyth County on Saturday.
The wreck occurred around 6 a.m. Aug. 12 in the southbound lanes of Ga. 400 just north of Bald Ridge Marina Road, according to Deputy First Class Scott Collett, traffic specialist investigator for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Collett said in a press release that Gerard “Jed” Lacey, 58, was pronounced dead on the scene.
According to Collett, Lacey was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram southbound in the left lane of Ga. 400. He entered the right lane and the front passenger side of his truck struck the left rear side of a 1987 Kenworth Dump Truck, driven by Reginald Davis, 52, of Atlanta, which was also traveling southbound.
Collett said Lacey’s truck began to spin sideways and was struck by a 2007 Mack Dump Truck, driven by Tony Thomason, 42, of Lavonia, which was also traveling southbound in the left lane.
A 2017 Subaru Outback, which was also traveling southbound, was struck by a rear tire from the Mack and then the Subaru struck the Kenworth, Collett said. The Subaru was being driven by Elizabeth Gallagher, 33, of Cumming.
Lacey had two juvenile passengers in the back seat, his daughter Fallan Lacey and Joey Toal, both of Dawsonville. The two are juniors at DCHS.
Both were taken to North Fulton Hospital. Fallan has been released and attended school on Monday.
Toal is still in the hospital being treated for a concussion and fractured ankle.
A gofundme page was set up to help pay Toal’s medical expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/medical-expenses-for-joey-toal
One of the two dump truck drivers also received minor injuries in the crash, which closed Ga. 400 for hours on Saturday before reopening about 10:30 a.m.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Specialist Unit.