Teen Killed and Younger Brother Critical After Crash in Gwinnett County
A 17-year-old Dacula High School student is dead and his younger brother seriously injured after a collision Friday morning in Dacula. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured in the crash, but is expected to recover.
The incident happened around 7 a.m. on Highway 316 westbound at the intersection of Harbins Road, according to Gwinnett County police. Investigators said Jared Brown, of Lawrenceville, was driving a red 1992 Honda Accord with his 15-year-old brother, Jaison, in the front passenger seat when his vehicle crashed with a red 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Richard Ford, 44, of Bethlehem, was driving the Cruiser, police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said. Brown was preparing to turn left onto Harbins Road and Ford was traveling westbound in the lane closest to the median when Brown turned left into the path of the Cruiser, Pihera said. The Honda came to a rest in the grass beyond the intersection, she said.
The brothers were rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville where Jared Brown died of his injuries, Pihera said. Jaison Brown was being treated for life-threatening injuries, she said. Ford was also transported to the hospital, but his injuries were non-life threatening, Pihera said.
Jared Brown was remembered by friends as a standout student athlete with a promising future, according to Channel 2 Action News. He excelled in football and enjoyed being a member of several student groups, according to his friends.
“He was honest and always there when you needed him,” Oscar Moncada, one of Brown’s friends, told the news station. “He was going to go far in life, I knew that.”
Brown’s death was announced over the intercom.
“When I walked into the building, I just heard people crying,” Brown’s friend, Teddy Olson, said. “People were talking to counselors in different rooms.”
Brown is the second Dacula High School student to die within the past nine days. Last week, the principal said a 17-year-old girl deliberately hurt herself by falling from the second story of the gym, the news station reported.
Bicyclist Critical After Hit and Run in Athens
A bicyclist was in critical condition after he was struck from behind by a SUV in a hit and run in Athens and police on Friday issued a lookout for the vehicle that struck him.
The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday on Danielsville Road near Smokey Road, according to Athens-Clarke County police. Investigators said the bicyclist was traveling north on Danielsville Road when he was struck from behind by a gold or tan SUV.
The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow said. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, continuing north without stopping, Sorrow said.
“The vehicle, which is possibly a 2000 to 2006 Tahoe or Suburban, should have damage to the front passenger side/fender area as well the side view mirror,” Sorrow said.
Anyone with information on the vehicle or driver is asked to call Bob Schulte at (706) 208-1718 ext. 229 or Lt. Don Eckert at ext. 223. Those who wish to remain anonymous, can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (706) 613-3342.