Reckless driving lands two in hospital; one in critical condition

LILBURN - A 19-year-old Dacula resident caused a serious accident that put himself and his passenger in the hospital after driving recklessly Wednesday evening, police said.

Witnesses told authorities that Dustin Nathaniel Ellis was driving his 1988 GMC pickup truck recklessly by crossing the double yellow line and traveling on the opposite side of the road on Lake Lucerne Road toward Stone Mountain Highway, said Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman.

While traveling on the wrong side of the road, Ellis disobeyed the red light and entered the intersection of Lake Lucerne Road and Stone Mountain Highway, colliding with a 1995 Ford Explorer, Moloney said in a police report.

Ellis was not wearing his seat belt and was partially ejected from his car. Officials presumed he was dead upon arrival but medical units with the Gwinnett County Fire Department were able to revive him and transport him to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he is in stable condition.

His passenger, 17-year-old Ashley Bowen, was wearing her seat belt and is in critical condition at Gwinnett Medical Center.

The driver of the Ford Ellis hit, 53-year-old Philip McDonald Williams of Loganville, was wearing his seat belt and has been released from Gwinnett Medical Center.

Moloney said Williams is cooperating with authorities and is not expected to face any charges.

Ellis is listed as the at-fault driver and is expected to be charged with several serious motor vehicle violations. The main charges will be based on Bowen's medical outcome.

Investigators believe that alcohol and drugs were a factor in the collision.

Gwinnett County records show Ellis was charged with a similar incident in August 2005. In that accident Ellis was charged as the at-fault driver and charged with several violations including driving on the wrong side of the roadway, reckless driving, serious injury by motor vehicle and theft by receiving.

The outcome of those charges are still pending in court, Moloney said.