LAWRENCEVILLE - Police believe rain-slickened roads contributed to two separate motor vehicle crashes Wednesday that killed two people.
There have been 74 motor vehicle fatalities in Gwinnett this year, down from last year's total of 88, according to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office.
The first wreck Wednesday occurred in Lawrenceville when the driver of a 2006 Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle heading south on Buford Drive lost control at 8:30 a.m. near the intersection at Azalea Drive. The motorcycle veered off the road, colliding with a 2004 Nissan Moreno that was stopped at Azalea Drive waiting to turn left, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.
The motorcyclist, Philip Krueger, 64, of Buford was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center. He died from his injuries, Moloney said. No charges are pending against the driver of the Nissan, 34-year-old Lisa Wren of Lawrenceville.
The second fatality occurred at 10:07 a.m. when a dump truck attempted to stop for traffic on Killian Hill Road in Lilburn and fishtailed on the wet pavement, Moloney said.
The dump truck crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a westbound 1998 Ford F150. Some debris from the collision also hit a 2004 Toyota Solara that was traveling behind the Ford.
The driver of the Ford, 36-year-old Lamar Dorsey of Lilburn, died after being transported to Gwinnett Medical Center. Investigators said Dorsey was not wearing his seat belt. The other drivers were not injured.
Authorities caution drivers to be careful even when rainfall is only light to moderate as it was Wednesday morning. The first half-hour of rainfall is the most dangerous, because roadways become extremely slippery due to the mixture of oil deposits and water on the surface, according to the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.
"After a dry spell, even a light rain will bring all the oils and other elements to the surface of the road," Moloney said. "So a light rain will actually make the roadways quite slick."
Train crash victim identified
Police on Wednesday also released more information about a fatal motor vehicle collision with a train that occurred last week.
The driver who died in the crash has been identified as 70-year-old Yu Chang of Duluth. Chang's Kia Amanti was struck by a train in Buford as he attempted to drive around lowered guard rails and cross the railroad tracks, authorities said.