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Police investigating causes of two fatal wrecks

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police believe drunken driving and speeding may have contributed to two wrecks that occurred this week in Gwinnett County.

A 31-year-old man was driving a 1997 Lexus south on Rosebud Road at 2:11 a.m. Friday when he apparently lost control in a curve and struck a utility pole near Rose Garden Lane. The driver, Christopher Kelly Conner of Loganville, was transported to Grady Hospital with injuries. His passenger, 30-year-old Rick Ainsworth, also of Loganville, was ejected from the Lexus and died at the scene.

Conner was wearing his seat belt, while Ainsworth was not, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

"There are no charges at this time," Moloney said. "This is an active and ongoing investigation."

In the second wreck, a teenage driver of a 1995 Nissan Maxima was traveling south on Hewatt Road in Lilburn Monday when the car veered off the road and struck a road sign. The vehicle hit several other objects on the roadside before overturning, Moloney said.

The passenger, 15-year-old Andrew Sezonov of Snellville, died several hours after being transported to Gwinnett Medical Center. The driver, Jason Cory Michael, 17, of Snellville, was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.

Michael had not been charged with any offense at press time Friday. That accident investigation is also pending, Moloney said.