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Man wanted for questioning in hit-and-run death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police have identified the owner of the car believed to be used in a Wednesday night hit-and-run that caused the death of a Lawrenceville teenager.

Police say a green 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse found abandoned near the scene of the incident is registered to Edgar Pena-Fernandez of Lawrenceville.

Although he is the owner of the suspect vehicle, Pena-Fernandez was only wanted for questioning as of Friday, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Moloney said Pena-Fernandez has no outstanding warrants in Gwinnett County.

"The car was not reported stolen," Moloney said. "It is a possibility someone else was driving the car - we don't know either way."

The hit-and-run resulted in the death of 17-year-old Jacob Paoletta, who was standing on rear bike pegs when the bike was struck on northbound Buford Drive near Wildcat Drive, Moloney said.

The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Walter Lester, 17, of Suwanee, who was seated and peddling the bike, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, including some broken bones.

Moloney said Thursday that the abandoned car, later found in a nearby subdivision, showed damage consistent with having been in an accident, with damage to the hood, the side panel and the passenger's windshield.

Residents in the subdivision noticed the abandoned vehicle and notified authorities.

As of Friday, there were no charges pending against Pena-Fernandez. Investigators were unsuccessful in reaching him.

He was last seen at his residence off Paper Mill Road, Moloney said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Gwinnett County Police Department Accident Investigation Unit Hotline at 770-513-5048.