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North Georgia high school student killed in head-on crash with suspected DUI driver

The sheriff's office and school system have teamed up to provide support to students, faculty, and staff following the crash.

MT AIRY, Ga. — Grief counselors will be on-hand at a north Georgia high school on Thursday following an accident involving three teens and a head-on crash with an alleged DUI driver.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell posted on Facebook that the students from Habersham Central High School were involved in a crash on Camp Creek Road just before 8 a.m.

"All persons involved in the accident were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center," the sheriff wrote on Facebook. "Sadly, one student succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital."

The Georgia State Patrol has since identified the deceased driver as 17-year-old Carlos Christo Morales of Baldwin. The GSP reports that Morales was riding with his brother and cousin in a Ford F-150 pickup truck when a Jeep Cherokee crossed the center line and ran into them head-on.

The other driver, Cherrie Pulido of Mt. Airy, now faces charges of driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, failure to exercise due care, tire requirements and homicide by vehicle in the first degree.  

She will be booked into the jail when released from the hospital, however, a spokesperson for the GSP said that she is being treated for serious injuries.

The other two teens who were riding with Morales, both 15 years old, didn't have any serious or life-threatening injuries according to the trooper who filed the report.

The sheriff added that his office and the school system have put into place a support system for students, faculty, and staff following the tragic news.

"Counselors from other schools within the school district have been relocated to Habersham Central High School for additional support and care assistance," the sheriff said. 

Habersham Central High School counselors will be visiting classes of the three students who died to inform them of the tragedy and offer "support passes" to allow them to leave class or be excused to meet with counselors.

Counselors will also be stationed in the staff development room at the high school to provide services to any students, faculty or staff.

The GSP's Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team has been called in to assist in the investigation of the crash.


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