15-year-old driver crashes into tree


SNELLVILLE - A 15-year-old boy was hospitalized after he wrecked the vehicle he was driving, hitting a tree early Friday morning.

The South Gwinnett High School student was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center where police say the teen's condition is still being evaluated.

The male driver, who was not identified due to his age, was under the legal age to drive in Georgia, and Snellville police believe the teen was traveling too fast for the curved road and rainy weather conditions.

A passerby noticed the tree-wrecked car off to the side of Sussex Road in Snellville.

Police believe the wreck happened about 6:30 a.m. The teen was found in the car nearly an hour later.

Police believe there were two teen passengers in the car with the driver, but the teens fled the scene when the car was wrecked.

Chief Roy Whitehead, spokesman for the Snellville Police Department, said the teen's 19-year-old sister has been notified, but authorities were unable to get in touch with his mother, who was traveling out of the country.

"I would guess they were going to school," Chief Roy Whitehead said.