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Man in critical condition, charged with DUI in Sunday wreck
2 others still in hospital following fiery crash in North Hall
The driver of a pickup truck was still in critical condition Monday following a fiery crash Sunday evening. He's charged with DUI in the wreck. - photo by Clark Leonard

A Marietta man whose truck caught fire during a Sunday night collision in North Hall is in critical condition and charged with driving under the influence.

Walter Tinsley, 59, was charged with failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and DUI, said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Anthony Coleman.

Coleman said GSP believes Tinsley was driving his 1986 Chevrolet Scottsdale K10 pickup truck too fast and lost control on Cool Springs Road around 6 p.m. Sunday, striking a Honda.

The Honda’s driver, Lori Behbahani, 29, of Gainesville, Tinsley and his two passengers, Brandon Johnson, 27, and Kristen Dale, 21, both of Gainesville, were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Tinsley was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon by hospital officials. Dale was discharged from the hospital, and Johnson and Behbahani were in satisfactory and stable condition, respectively.

“The truck negotiating the curve went off the west edge of the roadway, traveled approximately 296 feet, re-entered the roadway approaching the Honda head on,” Coleman said.

Behbahani then attempted to avoid impact by steering to the left, Coleman said. The truck impacted the Honda’s passenger side and pushed the car backward roughly 50 feet, Coleman said.

“The truck continued northbound rotating and overturning to a rest on its top,” Coleman said.

During the impact, the truck caught on fire.

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