Man killed in street race

SUWANEE - One 18-year-old is dead and another has been charged with racing and reckless driving as a result of a Friday afternoon crash on the 3200 block of Suwanee Creek Road.

According to Gwinnett County Police spokeswoman Illana Spellman, 18-year-old Suwanee resident Alexander Lebar died at the Gwinnett Medical Center after he was transported there following the crash in his 1985 Toyota Corolla.

"The driver was negotiating a curve when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a mailbox and a tree before coming to a final rest," Spellman said in a released statement. "He was pronounced deceased as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision."

Spellman also said that officers discovered during their investigation that Lebar had been racing one of his friends who drove a white, 1998 Honda Accord.

The race had begun when they left nearby Peachtree Ridge Park and the two cars began traveling in lanes headed northbound. Lebar apparently lost control of his vehicle while trying to negotiate a curve.

That's when 18-year-old Suwanee resident and Peachtree Ridge High School Student Reymond Edwards turned his Honda Accord around and returned to the scene along with the passenger seated next to him.

Spellman said Edwards was arrested and then transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. She also said he received citations for racing and reckless driving. The passenger who was riding with him was interviewed by police and released.

Spellman also said that while the investigation continues, alcohol was not a factor in the crash but that speed might have been. She also added that it's unknown at this time whether anyone involved was wearing their seat belt.