A May 7 accident in Cumming that sent five individuals to the hospital has become fatal, Forsyth County News reports.
40-year-old Alfred Mendoza died recently as a result of injuries he sustained when his Ford F-250 was struck by another pickup truck and forced into a guardrail over a month ago.
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At the time of the accident, Mendoza was taken to Grady Hospital in Atlanta to undergo surgery. At the hospital, he was placed in a medically induced coma.
Mendoza’s five passengers were also injured in the wreck. All were treated at North Fulton Hospital and released.
Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy Epifanio Rodriguez reports that Mendoza’s brother came from Texas to Georgia in order to bring the victim’s body back for burial. He had no family in the area.
The accident occurred when Joshua Davis of Cumming drifted into the southbound lane of Old Atlanta Road the afternoon of May 7. Mendoza attempted to avoid Davis’ vehicle, but a collision still took place on Mendoza’s passenger side.
Authorities spent over four and a half hours cleaning up the wreck, which, besides the two trucks, included a trailer carrying a Bobcat that Mendoza’s vehicle was pulling. The trailer became “embedded in the rear end” of the truck as a result of the incident, according to police reports.
Davis, who suffered only minor cuts and bruises in the accident, was arrested and charged with DUI, three counts of injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road, and distracted driving. Following the crash, he was held at Forsyth County Jail.
Deputy Rodriguez told Forsyth County News that new charges could be filed against Davis in light of Mendoza’s death.