Passenger killed in crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are working to determine what caused the driver of a BMW to run his car off the road, resulting in the death of the 24-year-old man riding in the passenger's seat.

Colin Foster Brown, 31, of Lawrenceville wrecked his car into a tree after driving off the road near a curved area of Herrington Road near Miss Irene Lane in Lawrenceville about 1 a.m. Friday.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police spokesman, said the passenger, Michael Dale of Lawrenceville, was pronounced dead at the scene and Brown was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center where he remains in fair condition.

He said the two men lived at the same Lawrenceville address but was unsure of their relationship.

Moloney confirmed it was raining at the time of the accident, the pavement was wet and there were no lights along the road. He said it is up to investigators to determine whether these conditions played a part in the accident.

Ted Bailey, chief forensic investigator for the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office, said investigations will continue to determine what may have caused the driver to crash.

Moloney said Brown was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident but Dale was not.

He said it is too early to tell if wearing a seat belt would have prevented Dale's death.

"In my experience and this department's experience, we've never seen an accident where someone died as a result of wearing their seat belt," Moloney said. "Bottom line, it's Georgia law to wear a seat belt."

He said crash-related charges against the driver are pending.