Driver to face charges in fatal Henry County wreck

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A truck driver will face charges in connection with a deadly crash in Henry County.

The wreck was reported at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday on I-75 north in McDonough.

The victim, 18-year-old Summer Lee, was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer that police said was driven by Daniel Crane of Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

Her friends remembered Lee in a special way Monday at  Locust Grove High School.

“Childhood memories,” Caleb Saldivar said. “I grew up with her.”


Channel 2’s Richard Elliot spoke with Saldivar as he left school Monday.

Elliot noticed he was wearing a tie-dye shirt and says everyone inside was to honor Lee's memory.

“Whenever we saw her, she was always wearing tie-dye,” Saldivar said. “It was just her thing. So everybody did it as remembrance of her.

The district brought in grief counselors Monday to help student cope with the loss of the popular student.

Saturday, dozens of students and parents came to the school to hold a vigil in her memory.

While Crane faces misdemeanor vehicle homicide charges, Mike Zeger says the entire student body of locust grove mourns the loss of summer lee.

“Very sad,” Zeger said. “It's very, very quiet in lunch and in the hallways.  Nobody is talking.  It's just depressing.”

Crane is being held on $1400 bond.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash. The case is still under investigation, according to police.