Teen killed in crash with deer was weeks away from graduation

Just weeks before his high school graduation, a Cumming teen was killed Tuesday night when a deer that had been struck by another vehicle crashed through his windshield, the district and the sheriff’s office said.

North Forsyth High School senior Trenton Basden, 18, was driving east on Browns Bridge Road about 8:40 p.m., Forsyth sheriff’s spokesman Epifano Rodriguez said in a statement. Basden’s 2001 Honda was traveling eastbound, and a 2008 Toyota Scion was headed westbound.

When the vehicles started to pass each other, the Toyota struck a deer, Rodriguez said. The force of the crash sent the deer into the air and through the windshield of Basden’s vehicle. Basden was killed upon impact.

“Our Raider Nation is mourning the tragic loss of senior Trenton Basden,” North Forsyth principal Jeff Cheney said in a statement. “He was an excellent student and friend to many.”

Basden would have graduated June 1.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time,” Cheney said.

Chick-fil-A posted a message on the Facebook page for its Dahlonega location. Basden worked there.

"Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of one of our own," Chick-fil-A said in the post. "We will remember Trenton Basden as a team player, hard worker, and most of all part of our Chick-fil-A Family. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers, and extend ours to his family during this tough time."

The driver of the Toyota was not injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.