|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1991|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 2009|
Since Caleb's untimely death, Caleb's Law (SB 360) has been signed!
Article per Morgan County Citizen:
A 2009 Morgan County High School graduate was reading a text message while driving when he collided head-on with a truck pulling a horse trailer and died last Wednesday.
TFC Tom Bailey, Georgia State Patrol, said 18-year-old Caleb Sorohan, Rutledge, died instantly when his 2004 Saturn crossed over the center line of Fairplay Road and collided with a 2008 Toyota Sequoia driven by Katrin Sheehan, 39, Madison. Sheehan, Bailey said, was transported to Morgan Memorial Hospital and released. A passenger in the truck, Barbara Frische, 48, was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital and released over the weekend, Bailey said.
The accident occurred at 3:33 p.m. near the intersection of Fairplay Road on a curve leading into Hard Labor Creek State Park.
Sorohan was a popular student at Morgan County High School, where he played football and served as the manager for the Morgan County High School baseball team. He was home for the Christmas break from North Georgia College.
"The best we can figure at this point, given the timeline of his cell phone use, is that he was texting at the time of the wreck," Bailey said.
Sorohan had received and sent six text messages in a seven-minute period prior to the collision, the last at 3:26 p.m. His phone was found on his lap.
Bailey said Sheehan reported that Sorohan was weaving towards her in the northbound lane and that she blew her horn several times prior to the collision to get the teen's attention.
More than 300 people gathered at Madison's St. James Catholic Church for funeral services last Saturday.
Bailey said the accident is a tragic reminder of the dangers of texting while driving. "I think this should be something not only state–wide but nationally that should be examined as far as safety."
"If you text this can happen to you and if you keep texting it will happen to you," Bailey said.
Bailey said Sorohan "crossed completely into the southbound lane" and never applied brakes prior to the collision.
"She (Sheehan) blew her horn and still didn't get his attention."
Sorohan's father, Jonothan Sorohan said the family is calling for a law to ban texting while driving in hopes that the tragedy will save future lives. "I don't have a clue what that might bring our family– more grief, whatever, but I want one good thing to come from this."
"He touched a lot of people. Maybe we can help save some parents from going through this," he said.
SFC Jim Foskey said texting has become a plague on Georgia's roads. "I think it's worse than drunk driving," he said. "In less than two seconds this life was over, reading that screen."
"I don't want to go to another funeral, and you know it's coming. This is a big, big deal and it's getting worse. It's an epidemic."
Foskey said the distractions of cell phone use have been ignored. "This is reality. This is what can happen."
Sorohan is survived by his father, his mother Mandy, sister Alexandra and brother Griffin.
Johothan Sorohan said the community has rallied around the family following the tragedy. "I would have never thought that we would have had the out–pouring of support that we have had. We've been completely overwhelmed by the support that we've gotten."
Obituary per Morgan County Citizen:
Caleb Daniel Sorohan, 18, of Rutledge died December 16, 2009. He was the son of Jonathan and Mandy Williams Sorohan of Rutledge. He was born in DeKalb County on September 19, 1991. The Sorohan family moved from Conyers to Rutledge in 2002.
Caleb was a freshman at North Georgia College. He enjoyed sports of all kinds. At Morgan County High School he was a member of the football team and manager of the baseball team. He also enjoyed music and had played the piano for years. He was a very happy young man with an infectious smile. His disposition and attitude allowed him to touch and encourage many. He was loved by his family as well as his peers and teachers. He aspired to become an athletic trainer.
He is survived by his parents, Jonathan and Mandy Sorohan and his sister Alexandra and brother Griffin, grandparents, John and Karen Williams of Covington, Larry and Sallie Sorohan of Dahlonega, Barry Lawrence of Port Charlotte, Florida and Julie Ackelmire of Indianapolis, Indiana, his great-grandmothers, Alma Williams of Social Circle and Mary Wells of Indianapolis. Other survivors include Angie Redder and Randy of Monroe, Kelly Cowan and Joe of Conyers, Paul Sorohan of Alpharetta, Bryan Sorohan of Gainesville and Larry Sorohan of New Orleans. Caleb will be sorely missed by his family and a host of wonderful friends.
The family received friends Saturday, December 19 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Madison. The funeral Mass was held at 1 p.m. Services was officiated by Monsignor Dora.
A.E. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Created by: Alice Wolfe Allen
Record added: Aug 14, 2010
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