Woman, 22, killed in Buford Highway crash

DORAVILLE - Speed was the main contributing factor in a crash on Friday night that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Norcross woman, Gwinnett County police said Saturday.

July Paredes became the third area resident under the age of 23 to be killed in a car accident this week.

Paredes lost control of her car while driving down Buford Highway, ran off the roadway and struck a telephone pole and other objects on the side of the road, a press release indicated.

Paredes was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from her 1996 Infiniti. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation into the crash is continuing. Gwinnett County Police Spokesman Darren Moloney said an estimate of the car's speed would probably be released with the final accident report.

Two days earlier, 17-year-old Thomas Edward Brown was killed in a wreck on Interstate 85 and 18-year-old Kenna Buice was killed in a wreck on Ga. Highway 20.

Police said Brown's pickup truck left the roadway while traveling southbound on I-85, crossed the grassy median and collided with a tractor-trailer heading north. Brown, a Hoschton resident and junior at Collins Hill High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. for Brown today at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. His family is asking donations be made in his name to the Lawrenceville Assistance Program or to the church's building fund.

Buice was killed when her Ford Explorer left the road, overturned and struck a utility pole at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

A funeral was held for Buice, a Loganville resident, at the First Baptist Church of Loganville on Saturday.

Buice had recently graduated from Loganville High School and planned to attend Georgia Perimeter College in the fall.