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UPDATE: Forsyth Teen Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

An early Saturday morning accident claims the life of a 17-year-old Forsyth high school student.

UPDATE: 3-18-13, 12:20 p.m. (Comment from Forsyth Central High School Principal and Obituary)

A 17-year-old Forsyth Central High School student died early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle crash, according to the Georgia State Patrol and Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Jonathan Barrett of GSP told Cumming Patch that Peter Ian Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. GSP received the call to Sawnee Drive and Jackson Drive in north Forsyth County around 12:36 a.m.

Sgt. Barrett said Roberts, who was driving a 1995 Toyota Avalon, was headed westbound on Sawnee Drive when he crossed over into the eastbound lane and overcorrected. By doing so he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a brick mailbox.

While Barrett said GSP did not know what caused Roberts to cross into the eastbound lane, he did say what the contributing factors were.

"Basically failed to keep in his proper lane, drove on the wrong side of the road, he overcorrected and that's when he lost control and began to rotate clockwise," said Barrett. "He traveled off the north roadway edge and struck a brick mailbox."

The impact was on the driver's door.

Barrett said neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the crash and that Roberts was wearing his seatbelt.

Rudy Hampton, principal at Forsyth Central High School, had this to say about the tragic event.

Forsyth Central's staff and students are heartbroken over the passing of Peter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. You couldn't find a better young man than Peter. He was the type of person that you would want your kids to have as a best friend or for your daughter to bring home as her future husband. They don't get much better than Peter; he was a remarkable person. We have additional counselors at our school today [Monday] for our students and staff.

According to Roberts' obituary, funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at The Vine Community Church in Cumming. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory located at 150 Sawnee Drive in Cumming.

This is the third fatal accident in Forsyth County this month.

See also:

Teen Charged in Fatal Forsyth Collision

UPDATE: Head-On Collision Kills Two in Northeast Forsyth

UPDATE: One Dead After Three-Vehicle Crash in Forsyth County

Jociline Rosborough March 19, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Peter he was the best. He was friend with everyone he was the most nice guy that i never met in Forsyth central. We did have some french class this year he was really smart guy in that class.... I don't think so the french class it was be the some like it was without him... He was the one who was making people happy in that class.... He was really funny. And very respectfully guy... I hope is in great place right now ....... god bless your family R.I.P peter........... jociline R
Madison Head March 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM
I'll forever miss hearing, "What's Up Madi!" everytime he saw me in the halls. I first got to met Peter through Frisbee Friday. He was always accepting people with arms open wide, which is pretty nice and brave because disc isn't the easiest to learn. He was one of my good friends that I will never forget seeing his joyful smile and greetings throught the hall everyday. I personally want to thank the family for providing the school and personally me with such a great friend, miss ya Pete....
Elizabeth Dixon April 02, 2013 at 01:02 AM
My 18 year old son was involved in a bad Auto accident at the intersection of Adaire dr. & Sawnee Rd. two weeks before Peter's accident. My son was not injured I thank you God... I just want to thank the Mother who has a teen that drives and also lives in the Adaire Subdivision. This poor Mother heard my sons accident rushed up to Sawnee Rd. frantic to see if it was her child. I told her it was my son that was involved, with such relief and compassion she asked me if he was okay, Thank you!... Knowing that he was physically fine I couldn't help but share the fear this Mother had while she was rushing to the scene... They are all our children, we fear for their safety. What has been haunting my soul since that day is what that Mother said to me" There are so many accidents right around this intersection, and every time my child is out I rush up here to see if it's him.... Peter, you will never be forgotten because you were every parents child... God Bless your family and God has already blessed you.

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