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Girl, 3, still critical after fatal car collision with ambulance

NORCROSS - A 3-year-old girl remains in critical condition after a serious car accident Saturday that killed two passengers.

Both people died at the scene when their car collided with an ambulance on Steve Reynolds Boulevard. The ambulance and their Chrysler Sebring were driving in opposite directions when the car crossed the double yellow line and crashed into the ambulance, said Cpl. R.B. Rude, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Doryan Gadson Bennett, the 20-year-old driver, and a passenger, Sharonda Willis, 19, died in the accident.

The firefighters in the ambulance, Jason Simms and Allan Dalrymple, were returning to their station from a hospital on a previous call. They were visibly shaken after the crash, but one of them still got out of the ambulance and tried to treat the victims, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the fire department. They were both hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The 3-year-old passenger, who was in the back seat, survived the accident but is still in critical condition. She was transported to the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.

It was unclear whether she was the daughter of either of the passengers who died in the crash.

"I don't know the relationship between the 3-year-old and the other passengers," said Cpl. Darren Moloney of the police department. "All I can tell you is they all had different last names and they all had different street addresses."

As a result of the impact, the rescue ambulance also side-swiped a silver Toyota Corolla. The driver of that car was also taken to the Gwinnett Medical Center, but was not seriously injured.

There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, and Rude said he wasn't sure what had caused the driver of the Chrysler Sebring to cross the double yellow line.

Police are continuing to investigate the accident. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information about it should call Investigator T.A. Williams of the police department's Accident Investigation Unit at 770-417-2376, ext. 5733.