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Forsyth student killed, Dawson students injured in July 4 wreck
Driver arrested for DUI following incident
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Brayden Lewis Clark. - photo by For the Dawson County News

A 15-year-old Forsyth high school student was killed and three Dawson County High School students were injured last week in a two-vehicle wreck at an intersection 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 Brayden Lewis Clark, 21, of Loganville.

"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."

According to a GSP incident report, the Acura Farrell was in was traveling west on Industrial Park Rd. and had stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with Lumpkin Campground and Grizzle roads.

The Acura had proceeded into the intersection when Clark, heading south on Lumpkin Campground Rd., failed to stop at a stop sign and his Dodge truck struck the Acura in its passenger side.

Clark was the only person in the truck.

Clark was arrested July 5 on charges including DUI with alcohol, first degree homicide by vehicle (a felony charge), open container violation, possession of marijuana, drug related objects, reckless driving, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, failure to stop for stop sign, tire requirements and failure to wear a seat belt.

He was released from the Dawson County Detention Center July 7 on a $40,200 bond.

Sixteen-year-old Xavier Sanchez was the driver of the Acura.

In the car were two passengers, Kevin Arias, 16, and Rachel Rajczak, 15.

All three are students at Dawson County High School.

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 the evening of July 6 that he was out of the ICU and in a recovery room.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to each of the students and their families as they deal with this terrible situation," Superintendent Damon Gibbs said Friday.

DCHS Principal Richard Crumley echoed the sentiments.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and their families," he said.

Sanchez was cited with driving in violation of license restrictions on his class D license.

According to a GSP public information officer, Sanchez was cited for exceeding the number of passengers under age 21 that were allowed in the vehicle.

According to Georgia law, during the second six months following issuance, only one passenger under 21 years of age who is not a member of the driver's immediate family can ride in the vehicle.

Sanchez had three passengers under 21, which is not allowed until a year and a half after issuance.

According to Stone, the incident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).

Forsyth County News Editor Kayla Robins contributed to this article.