The identity of the man who died after a recent wreck on Ga. 400 Dawson County has been confirmed, according to a Georgia State Patrol crash report.
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Dawson County man Christian Steele, 21, succumbed to his injuries following an Aug. 26 crash at Ga. 400’s intersection with Harmony Church and Lumpkin Campground roads, the GSP report stated.
“This case is still open and being investigated by the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team,” GSP Public Information Director Cpt. Michael Burns told DCN.
GSP troopers responded to the three-vehicle accident at the intersection at 11:52 p.m. that Saturday, the report showed.
Steele was driving west on Harmony Church Road and approached Ga. 400 at a high rate of speed as he was presented with a red traffic signal. Meanwhile, the second vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Tacoma, was traveling south on Ga. 400, and the third vehicle, a 1998 Ford Ranger, was stopped at a red light, facing east on Lumpkin Campground Road, according to the report.
“While attempting to travel west from Harmony Church Road to Lumpkin Campground Road through the intersection of SR 400, the driver of Vehicle 1 disobeyed the traffic control signal and failed to yield the right of way established by Vehicle 2,” the GSP report stated.
The motorcycle then hit the left rear of the Toyota truck, causing the pickup to rotate counterclockwise, travel west off of the Ga. 400 shoulder and come to an uncontrolled rest south of the intersection with Lumpkin Campground Road.
After hitting the back of the Toyota Tacoma, the motorcycle overturned onto its left side and slid to an uncontrolled rest at the Ga. 400-Lumpkin Campground Road part of the intersection.
Both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle, with Steele becoming trapped under the Ford Ranger and his passenger landing in the eastbound travel lane of Lumpkin Campground Road, according to the report.
Steele and the passenger were both taken to an area hospital before Steele later died from his injuries. The motorcycle's passenger was seriously injured from the wreck.
Steele was “a devoted member of Christian Life Ministries in Dawsonville and a 2020 graduate of Chestatee High School,” according to his obituary from Bearden Funeral Home.
“Christian was a selfless, hard-working man who greatly enjoyed music and loved his daughter and fiancée very much,” his obituary stated. “He was a good-hearted Christian and follower of Jesus Christ. He had a love for nature and humanity. Christian was a funny, loving, family man who had a great sense of humor and always had a smile.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the care of Steele’s daughter. Steele was the sole provider for his family, according to the fundraising page. As of Sept. 12, over $26,000 has been raised through the fundraiser.
DCN will update this story as more information becomes available.