Georgia high school student killed, 2 others injured in crash with DUI suspect

A 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2001 Ford F-150 with three Habersham Central High School students inside the truck.

Credit: Daniel Purcell

Credit: Daniel Purcell

A 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2001 Ford F-150 with three Habersham Central High School students inside the truck.

A 17-year-old high school student died Wednesday after a two-vehicle wreck near Cornelia, authorities said.

About 7:45 a.m., three Habersham Central High School students were injured in a crash on Camp Creek Road, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office said. All three were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where the 17-year-old driver later died.

He was identified by the Georgia State Patrol as Carlos Christo Morales of Baldwin. Morales’ brother, Obertino Morales, and cousin, Jose Jimenez Castro, were treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, the agency said. Both are 15 years old.

The driver of the other vehicle, Cherrie M. Pulido, faces charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI and three traffic citations, GSP said. She was also taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.

Pulido, 37, of Mt. Airy, was driving a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Camp Creek Road near Wilson Road when she crossed into oncoming traffic, officials said. The Jeep then collided head-on with Carlos Morales’ 2001 Ford F-150. The two drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles by first responders.

The sheriff’s office said the Habersham County Schools system has put into place a support system to help students, faculty and staff members cope with the incident. Counselors from other schools within the district have been relocated to Habersham Central for additional support.

“The Habersham County School System and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office offer their deepest sympathies and prayers to all involved,” Sheriff Joey Terrell said in a Facebook post.

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