Georgia State Patrol responded to a single-vehicle wreck just after midnight on the morning of Sept. 18 on Grant Ford Drive. Officers arrived to find a green 2006 Mazda 6 overturned on the south shoulder of the road.
According to a press release issued by Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Curtis Bradshaw, the car "was being driven by a 21-year-old female, Zoe Starr Sowell of Dawsonville, GA. Ms. Sowell was traveling east on Grant Ford Drive attempting to negotiate a curve at a high rate of speed. Ms. Sowell lost control, traveling off the south shoulder. The vehicle struck several trees and overturned."
According to the release, there were four passengers in the back seat of the sedan, none of whom were wearing a seat belt. Two of those passengers, Stephen Caldwell, 21, of Dawsonville, and Alyssa Boger, 20, of Lula, were ejected from the car. They were both airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Ms. Boger passed away early that morning. Mr. Caldwell remains in critical condition.
The other two passengers, Robert Petty, 25, of Dawsonville, and Kaitlyn Head, 19, of Alto, were taken to Northeast Georgia by ambulance with minor injuries.
According to the release, Sowell "was charged with the following: Reckless Driving, Too Fast for Conditions, Failure to Maintain Lane, DUI, Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle (Felony), and Vehicular Homicide 1st degree (Felony). Ms. Sowell was transported to the Dawson County Detention Center."
This is the second fatal crash on Dawson County roads in the past week.
Last Wednesday, 20-year-old Sara Edge was killed in a head-on collision on Hwy. 53 West by Handy Corner.