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Man killed in three-car wreck on U.S. 78

LAWRENCEVILLE - During Wednesday's rush hour a three-car accident led to one fatality and two hospitalizations. Kevin Thiel, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene, due to injuries he received in the collision.

A 2002 Acura traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 78 collided with two vehicles that were traveling westbound on U.S. 78, said Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police's public information officer. The driver in the Acura was identified as a 53-year-old man from New York and was traveling with an unrestrained 3-year-old girl. Investigators cannot confirm whether he was properly restrained.

The man first collided with a 1998 Honda CRV traveling eastbound driven by 55-year-old Teresa Kolodzy of Lilburn, who had a 2-year-old girl in the car. They were properly restrained. The man then collided head on into a 1999 Plymouth Voyager driven by Thiel of Marietta who, investigators said, was properly restrained. Investigators do not know at this time why the Acura crossed all lanes of traffic.

Both the man and the 3-year-old passenger suffered critical injuries. The man was transported to Grady Hospital, and the child was transported to Egleston Children's Hospital. Their conditions were unknown at press time.

Kolodzy complained of minor injuries. Both she and her passenger were treated and released at the scene. No charges have been issued at this time.