A car accident involving two vehicles and a deer in northeast Forsyth County claimed the life of a Cumming high school senior the night of May 10.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred around 8:40 p.m. on Browns Bridge Road. A 2008 Toyota Scion with an unnamed driver was traveling westbound along the road when it struck a deer that was in the way.
Trenton Basden, an 18-year-old senior at North Forsyth High School, was driving east along the same road in his 2001 Honda, per reports by the AJC. After being hit by the Toyota, the deer was launched into Trenton’s windshield.
Trenton Basden was killed on impact.
Across the community, individuals and groups are coming together to remember Trenton Basden and offer condolences to his family.
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North Forsyth principal Jeff Chaney released a statement saying that the entire school was “mourning the loss of senior Trenton Basden” and extending his thoughts and prayers to the family. Fox 5 also reports that students held a prayer circle in front of the high school the next morning.
A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Dahlonega, where Trenton worked, posted a Facebook message that called Trenton a “team player, hard worker, and most of all part of our Chick-fil-A family.”
The other driver was not injured in the accident, and authorities are still investigating the crash.
Auto collisions involving deer are becoming more prevalent in Georgia, according to a 2015 report by the AJC. For that year, the likelihood of hitting a deer was 1 in 128, five percent higher than in 2014.
In 2013, the most recent year on record, 191 fatalities across the country were attributed to car accidents caused by deer.
According to State Farm, drivers are most likely to encounter deer between dusk and dawn, and are encouraged to use caution when driving at that time.