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Hall coroner: Crash caused death of driving instructor
State Patrol: Charges likely to be filed in fatal collision that killed driving instructor
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The death of a Gainesville motorist last week was declared an accident, according to Hall County Coroner Marion Merck’s office.

Deb Sorrow, 58, died Oct. 2 following a collision in North Hall.

Sorrow suffered a heart attack after being transported from the crash scene and died at the hospital, said Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Dallas Van Scoten.

According to the coroner’s office, the cause of death for Sorrow was listed as “generalized trauma” related to the car crash.

State Patrol officers responded to Clarks Bridge Road at Honeysuckle Road around 11:15 a.m. Oct. 2 to a two-vehicle collision. Van Scoten said a Toyota Avalon driven by Jessica Wilkerson, 25, of Auburn crossed the double-yellow line and struck Sorrow’s Mitsubishi Outlander.

The trooper said Wilkerson allegedly “lost control while negotiating a left-hand curve” while headed southbound on Clarks Bridge Road.

Wilkerson was determined to be at fault, state patrol said. Charges are pending at this time, the State Patrol said.

“Unless directed otherwise from the Hall County Solicitor’s Office, the charges will be failure to maintain lane and (second)-degree vehicular homicide,” State Patrol Cpl. A.J. Allen wrote in an email.

Sorrow worked as a driving instructor and also drove a school bus for 17 years, transporting students at Wauka Mountain Elementary School, North Hall Middle School and North Hall High School.

“For somebody to dedicate their life (to defensive driving) and then to die this way, it’s just heartbreaking,” Katie Wilcoxson, owner of DUI and Defensive Driving of Midtown in Gainesville, previously told The Times.

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