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Two more fatal wrecks reported

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police have released information about two more fatal wrecks occurring Wednesday evening.

The new information brings to four the total number of motorists killed on county roads Wednesday. This year, 76 people have died in motor vehicle accidents in Gwinnett, which is approaching last year's total of 88, according to the medical examiner's office.

The last two incidents occurred at 4:09 p.m. and 8:16 p.m., said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

A 46-year-old Social Circle woman was killed on Grayson Industrial Parkway near Brannan Boulevard when her 1999 Honda Accord rear-ended a parked tractor-trailer. Jo McCullers was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, then airlifted by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center as her condition worsened. She died that evening as a result of her injuries. While she was still conscious, McCullers told police she was reaching for her cell phone when she struck the tractor-trailer.

In the second crash, a drunken driver in a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck was attempting to elude a Suwanee police officer when the truck ran off the road and flipped over at Buford Highway and Woodward Way, Moloney said. Stephen Wallace Gooch, 25, was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

Gooch was reportedly causing a disturbance at Wild Wing Cafe off Satellite Boulevard in Suwanee just prior to the wreck. By the time police arrived, he had driven away, but a Suwanee officer encountered the Dodge Ram while on patrol and followed it.

The officer observed the vehicle traveling in an "erratic and dangerous manner" and activated his blue lights to stop it, Moloney said.

The truck veered off Buford Highway, jumped the curb and slammed into the front of Dillard's Bar-B-Q. After striking that building, the truck reversed and drove back onto Buford Highway.

The officer terminated the chase and turned off his blue lights for safety reasons. However, as he continued down Buford Highway, the officer spotted the truck flipped over on the roadside. Gooch was partially ejected from the vehicle and he died at the scene.

In the other two wrecks on Wednesday:

•A motorcycle traveling on Buford Drive in Lawrenceville at 8:30 a.m. struck a vehicle that was stopped waiting to turn left at Azalea Drive. The motorcyclist, Philip Krueger, 64, of Buford, died after being hospitalized.

•An eastbound dump truck lost control at 10:07 a.m. on rain-slickened pavement on Killian Hill Road in Lilburn. It fishtailed, striking a Ford F150 that was traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Ford, 36-year-old Lamar Dorsey of Lilburn, died in the hospital.