4-year-old killed in single-car wreck in Lilburn

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 4-year-old boy was killed and two others were injured in a single-car wreck Thursday afternoon on Lawrenceville Highway, police said.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Illana Spellman said the child was ejected and killed when a gold Toyota Camry he was traveling southbound in with another child and an adult allegedly left the road for an unknown reason and flipped several times into a ditch in front of a residence.

The driver of the vehicle, an adult man, was taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries, she said. An 8-year-old girl was airlifted to an area hospital.

Police did not immediately release the names of the victims.

"At this point, we just don't know why the driver left the road," Spellman said.

The incident, which occurred about 2 p.m. in the 3300 block of Lawrenceville Highway, destroyed the Camry, which was traveling southbound on Lawrenceville Highway. The entire roof of the vehicle appeared to be sheared and the front end had extensive damage. Tire marks could be seen in a patch of grass where the Camry appeared to have swerved off the road.

Maria Ponce, who lives in the residence where the accident occurred, said she witnessed the wreck with her 2-year-old daughter, Litzy. She said the 4-year-old boy appeared to be dead at the scene and the 8-year-old girl was on the ground crying. The driver, she said, appeared to be conscious.

"My daughter was very scared," she said.

Investigators will review footage from a surveillance camera belonging to a body shop located just yards from the accident, Spellman said.