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Two teens killed in Highway 78 crash

SNELLVILLE - Two teenagers who were not wearing seat belts were killed over the weekend in a wreck on Stone Mountain Highway in Snellville.

Authorities said a 1996 Chevy S-10 Blazer traveling east on U.S. Highway 78 at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a 1984 Buick Regal. The driver and rear seat passenger of the Buick, 18-year-old Cervente Carnez Mitchell and 16-year-old Larry Little Jr., both of Stone Mountain, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The front-seat passenger of the Buick, 18-year-old Derrick Lee of Stone Mountain, was wearing a seat belt and survived. Lee and the driver of the Chevy, 24-year-old Blakney Paul Argo of Snellville, were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Argo declined to provide a voluntary urine sample to Gwinnett police accident investigators for testing, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department. Authorities suspect he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Charges are pending against Argo.

"Unfortunately this shows the importance of wearing your seat belt," Moloney said. "Alcohol is a factor, but you can't ignore the fact that of all the people in the Buick, the only one that survived is the one wearing a seat belt."

The two deaths were the 77th and 78th motor vehicle fatalities in the Gwinnett County Police Department's jurisdiction this year, Moloney said.