Updated: 3:29 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2005 | Posted: 4:59 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2005

Two Teens Die in SUV Wreck

Sheriff Blames Driver Error for Fatal Accident

CUMMING —

Law enforcement authorities on Friday blamed driver error for a wreck in which two Forsyth County teen girls were killed when their sport utility vehicle crashed 12 feet down an embankment before slamming into a tree.

The accident occurred Thursday evening on Ga. 9, also known as Dahlonega Highway, about 7:30 p.m. as Cortney Boyles and Kara-Rose Antognoli, both 17, were traveling to meet friends.

Kara-Rose was pronounced dead at the scene and Cortney was airlifted to North Fulton Regional Medical Center, where she died.

Authorities said the girl's Ford Explorer SUV was traveling northbound when the vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic. Cortney, who was driving the vehicle, overcorrected in an attempt to get back into her lane but she lost control and the SUV left the roadway.

"It went off the road and over an embankment where there's a creek coming under the road," said Mark Flowers of the Forsyth Sheriff's Department. "It overturned and hit a tree."

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"This was nothing more than simple driver error and inexperience is what contributed to this," Forsyth Sheriff Ted Paxton said Friday, adding that drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the wreck. Although there had been storms in the metro area, the road was dry at the time of the wreck, officials said.

Crews worked to free the girls, who were trapped in the wreckage.

There is no shoulder on the side of the road where the accident occurred.

Both girls attended Otwell Middle School and were juniors at Forsyth Central High School for the 2004-05 school year, officials said.

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Cortney was set to attend North Forsyth High School for her senior year and Kara-Rose was joint enrolled at Forsyth Central High School and Lanier Technical College for her senior year, officials said.

"Both Cortney and Kara were bright girls that were well liked by their classmates and our staff members," said Kenny Foxx, principal of Forsyth Central High School. "Our hearts and prayers go out to their family and friends during this time of great sorrow."

Since the end of the last school year, five Forsyth students have been killed in wrecks, authorities said.

wsbtv.com Staff Writer Alfred Charles and Channel 2 Action News reporters Ross Cavitt and Tom Jones contributed to this report.