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Girl badly burned in wreck
Man faces felony charges
Elezar Alvarez

A 5-year-old Gainesville girl remains in critical condition today at an Augusta burn center following a fiery crash Wednesday night in Forsyth County.

Misa Brass, who was a passenger in her father’s Chevrolet Geo Tracker, was flown to the Joseph Still Burn Center after the car was rear-ended at the intersection of Dawsonville Highway and Dogwood Path shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The car burst into flames following the collision, and Misa sustained burns over nearly 40 percent of her body, including third-degree burns over 28 percent of her body, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said.

Her father, Harry Ray Spitz of Lakeview Court, who was driving, and an older sister, 8-year-old Grace Brass, had minor burns and were treated and released, officials said.

Sheriff’s officials have charged 21-year-old Elezar Alvarez of Cumming with felony hit and run, reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle, following too close and driving with a suspended license.

Authorities say Alvarez tried to flee the scene in his Ford Explorer after rear-ending Spitz’s car.

Alvarez got only about 1,200 feet before his car broke down, Huggins said.

Officials said Spitz had stopped his car to turn left on Dogwood Path when it was struck by Alvarez’ car.

A Dawson County Emergency Medical Service ambulance drove up on the wreck scene just as it happened, and emergency workers were able to pull Spitz and his two daughters from the flaming wreckage, Huggins said.

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