Trucker kills man in collision with multiple cars

A Cumming man is facing serious charges after causing a collision with multiple cars resulting in the death of another driver.

Charles Wilkins, 61, of Cumming, was arrested on Friday evening after failing to pull over in stopped traffic, hitting at least two other vehicles.

Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office say Wilkins was driving at an “unreasonable” speed on Georgia Highway 400. They say he first hit a Nissan from behind, causing the two vehicles to cross the median into opposing lanes of traffic.

The trucker then rammed a Kia from the driver’s side, killing the man inside.

The driver of this Kia has been identified as James Wright of Cumming, 65. He was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

All other drivers and passengers were transported to local hospitals for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, including Wilkins.

Other drivers on the road have reported damage to their vehicles from flying debris.

Deputies say the highway was closed for five hours to investigate and clean up after the accident.

Wilkins is charged with first degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, driving too fast for the conditions and following too closely.

He is being held without bail. MPs say additional charges could be brought as their investigation is not yet complete.