Man dies in car crash; 3 others hospitalized

AUBURN - One man was killed and three injured in a car collision on a two-lane road in Auburn on Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred on Mount Moriah Road near Clack Road and involved a 1990 Honda Prelude driven by Kenneth John Newman and a 1994 Chevy Silverado driven by Kevin Herndon, a 36-year-old Flowery Branch resident.

Gwinnett police said Newman, 24, an Auburn resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Herndon and one of his passengers, Michael Roberts, 26, of Hoschton, were transported to North Georgia Hospital. The other passenger, Jeremy Peyton, 25, of Loganville, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center. The three remain in stable condition.

"The occupants of the Chevy were conscious, alert and breathing at the time of transport," Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said in a statement. "They are expected to survive their injuries."

The preliminary investigation conducted by Gwinnett police indicates the Honda and Chevy were traveling toward each other when the Prelude lost control on a curve in the road, overcompensated and veered into the oncoming lane, Moloney said.

Police said Newman, the only occupant in his car, was not wearing his seat belt.

"The exact cause of the collision is still under investigation. However, the speed of the Honda was a factor," Moloney said.