Pedestrian struck, killed in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE - A driver en route to work early Friday morning struck and killed a pedestrian in Lawrenceville.

The victim, Bayron Lopez-Garcia, 25, of Norcross, was trying to cross Club Drive near Trent Way when he was struck by the driver of a 2002 Dodge Stratus, police said. He died on scene.

Exactly why the collision occurred is under investigation, but police noted that the victim reeked of alcohol, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

Investigators have ruled out charges against the driver, who was not identified, she said. The driver was headed to work in a southbound lane when the collision happened about 3:40 a.m. Lopez-Garcia was not using a crosswalk, police said.

The death marks the fourth incident of vehicle-versus-human collisions reported by police in the last two months.

Most recently, a man was struck and killed by a motorist who fled on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn on Aug. 5. The victim was trying to cross to a Wendy's restaurant when he was struck by a brown Nissan Altima, police said.

In July, two pedestrians were hit along the same stretch of South Norcross-Tucker Road in Norcross.

The first occurred when a Gwinnett police officer struck a drunken homeless man who had reportedly darted onto the roadway. The man survived the collision and was charged with alcohol and crosswalk violations.

On July 27, a 62-year-old Norcross man died when he failed to yield to a "Stop" signal while walking a marked crosswalk near Danbury Drive, police said. No charges were filed against the driver.