Woman dies in hospital after Forsyth County accident
Lesia Elaine Bennett
Antonio Aguilera Mora, 17,
FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
Lesia Elaine Bennett, a 43-year-old Forsyth County woman who worked at Kelly Mill Elementary School, was killed in a three-car collision involving a school bus on Georgia Highway 9.
The accident happened just after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
According to Deputy First Class Michael Nelson of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, Bennett died at Northside Hospital-Forsyth after the crash.
Bennett was employed at Kelly Mill Elementary School as a data clerk, and she ran the after school program with Michelle Cape.
"Lesia was just the heart of the school. She just loved the children, and the children loved her," Cape said. "We just think that she's going to be so missed here at Kelly Mill Elementary. We're a big family and she was a big part of that family."
Forsyth County school officials sent grief counselors to the school to help students and staff cope on Friday.
Sheriff officials said Antonio Aguilera Mora, 17, was traveling southbound as Bennett was traveling eastbound on North Old Atlanta Road Thursday afternoon. A Forsyth County School bus was stopped on Georgia Highway 9 waiting at a traffic light to make a left turn onto North Old Atlanta Road when Mora and Bennett crashed in the intersection on Georgia Highway 9, causing Bennett to hit the front passenger side of the school bus, according to the incident report.
No students were on the bus at the time of the accident.
Mora was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth where he was treated and released.
According to reports, Bennett was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision.
No charges have been filed in this incident.
Visitation for Bennett will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming. Her funeral will be there at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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