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Coroner identifies teens killed in collision with Dawson school bus

Visitation planned Sunday for former Dawson County High students

POSTED: February 1, 2008 5:04 a.m.

The Dawson County coroner has identified two teens killed Friday afternoon in a collision with a school bus.

According to Ted Bearden, Stirling Morgan, 19, died at the scene of the accident on Nix Bridge Road when he was thrown from the vehicle. The driver of the red Volkswagen, Preston Lynn Fleming, 17, died shortly after being airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, Bearden said.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. on Nix Bridge Road near its intersection with Lula Garrett Road, when the car collided with a Dawson County school bus, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Bearden Funeral Home in Dawsonville is handling the services for both teens, who were former students at Dawson County High School.

"This is tough on everybody," Bearden said Saturday evening. "This is tough on the families, this is tough on the community, this is tough on me. We all just kind of hold hands and walk through this together."

Bearden said there will be a joint visitation for families and friends of both teens from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

A memorial service for Fleming will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services for Morgan have not yet been set, Bearden said, because of travel complications due to the weather for family members living out of state.

Bearden said he did not know whether Morgan and Fleming were wearing seat belts because he had not seen an accident report.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the cause of the wreck.

Friday afternoon, Dawson County Schools Superintendent Nicky Gilleland said 18 children from nearby Kilough Elementary were on the bus at the time of the wreck. One child was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with what were described as minor injuries, according to a Dawson County official.

Staff will be available at the school on Monday to help counsel students "who probably saw more than they needed to," Gilleland said.



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