A man who reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Rd. and Grizzle/Industrial Park roads in Dawsonville last week resulting in a fatal wreck was arrested the morning after the incident on DUI and reckless driving charges.
Brayden Lewis Clark, 21, of Loganville was arrested July 5 on charges including open container violation, possession of marijuana, drug related objects, reckless driving, DUI with alcohol, homicide by vehicle, a first degree (felony charge), two counts of serious injury by vehicle, failure to stop for stop sign, tire requirements and failure to wear a seat belt.
Clark was later released on a $40,200 bond.
A 15-year-old Forsyth high school student was killed and three Dawson County High School students were injured in the two-vehicle wreck near the North Georgia Premium Outlets.
The wreck occurred at 9:27 p.m. July 4, according to Georgia State Patrol Spokeswoman Robin Stone.
Eliza Farrell, a rising junior at Lambert High School in south Forsyth, was sitting in the rear passenger seat of a 2006 Acura when it was struck on that side by a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck, driven by Clark. Clark was the only person in the truck.
"Eliza was a wonderful young lady who exemplified the best that Lambert strives for," Principal Gary Davison said. "She was kind, well-liked, hard-working. Her legacy will remain at Lambert as long as those who knew her. We will all greatly miss her."
The Acura Farrell was in was traveling west on Industrial Park Rd., and the Dodge was heading south on Lumpkin Campground Rd. when Clark reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign behind the outlets, Stone said.
Sixteen-year-old Xavier Sanchez was driving the Acura. Two other passengers in the car have been identified as Kevin Arias, 16, and Rachel Rajczak, 15.
All three are students at DCHS.
Both drivers and Rajczak were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Arias was also transported to NGMC, and his sister Brenda Arias said Thursday night that he was out of the ICU and in a recovery room.
According to Stone, the incident was being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Forsyth County News Editor Kayla Robins contributed to this article.