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Man Dies Days After Head-on Collision

A 61-year-old man involved in Friday's head-on collision in northwest Forsyth County died this morning.

A 61-year-old man involved in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on Canton Highway (Highway 20) near Business Drive in northwest Forsyth County has died from his injuries, according to authorities.

Howard B. Nichelson of nearby Canton, died this morning [Tuesday] at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, according to Inv. Ron Tomblin of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Nichelson had been on life support since the Friday, Jan. 4 collision.

The driver of the other vehicle, Linda D. Pollard, 75, of Big Canoe, located in Pickens County, remains in critical condition at Atlanta Medical Center.

Pollard, who was traveling westbound on Canton Highway in her 2005 Honda Pilot, crossed over the center turn lane into the eastbound lane, according to Cpl. David Garrison of the FCSO. When she crossed over, she slammed head-on into a Ford F350 van, driven by Nichelson, who tried to stop but was unable to.

Garrison said the impact of the collision caused both drivers to be entrapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated.

Division Chief Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department told Cumming Patch, Nichelson was taken to North Fulton Hospital via ambulance in critical condition. Pollard was life flighted to Atlanta Medical Center also in critical condition.

The accident happened around 2 p.m. forcing authorities to close Canton Highway down in both directions for about one hour and 15 minutes. During this time traffic was rerouted.

Cpl. Garrison said Pollard and Nichelson were wearing their seatbelts and that the air bags in both vehicles deployed.

While alcohol and drugs are not suspected as being a cause of the collision, the incident remains under investigation.

No other persons were involved in the crash.

Kimberley January 09, 2013 at 03:30 AM
How many more innocent people have to die before we do something about this extremely dangerous elderly drivers? Not only are they impaired by their physical conditions, they are impaired by the handfuls of pills, including narcotics, they take every day. I am tired of watching these glassy-eyed people get behind the wheel of a car. They;re everywhere up here, and it is more obvious than ever our lives are in danger by law enforcements refusal to acknowledge this escalating problem. They are FAR FAR more dangerous than your average drunk driver, yet given a pass to harm and kill the rest of us. This is ridiculous. If you see an impaired driver of ANY age, call the police just as you would do if you spotted a DUI. Our tolerance is getting us killed. Enough is enough.
Patricia Saye January 09, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I will have to agree with you Kimberley , the law enforcement is getting awful about everything down here in Cherokee County

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