Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
An article on Page 1A in Wednesday's edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post incorrectly named the town in which John C. Mason bought a house. A lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County says Mason bought a house in Duluth. The house is located in Dacula.
Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney was quoted in an article published Oct. 11 as saying Gwinnett County Firefighter Matthew S. Swatzell had been formally charged with two misdemeanors.
The charges have not been issued but are pending, Moloney said in a revised e-mail sent to the Gwinnett Daily Post on Wednesday.
The charges, which include second-degree vehicular manslaughter and failure to maintain a lane, stem from an Oct. 2 accident where Swatzell reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel and crossed over into oncoming traffic, which resulted in a collision that caused the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
Moloney said the preferred course of action is to formally charge Swatzell through citations.
As of Wednesday, Swatzell had not been presented with the citations.
Moloney said Swatzell has been cooperating with investigators and is aware of the pending charges.
"This is a common course of action for investigators when dealing with those who fully cooperate, have strong ties to the community, have a low risk of a repeat offense, and of course taking into consideration the nature and circumstances of the offense," Moloney said.
It is the policy of the Gwinnett Daily Post to correct all errors of fact.