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Police: Alcohol factored in early morning wrecks

LAWRENCEVILLE — Alcohol contributed to two fatal vehicle crashes that occurred within minutes of each other early Monday morning in Gwinnett, officials said.

The first crash happened about 3:17 a.m. on northbound Interstate 85 in Norcross, near the Jimmy Carter Boulevard interchange.

A 1999 Cadillac DeVille driven by Diana Lovett, 22, had stopped in the HOV lane a few yards into Gwinnett following an unrelated accident on the interstate in nearby DeKalb County.

A 1997 Mitsubishi Montero driven by Brayan Rivera, 23, struck the Cadillac and injured Lovett’s passenger, Joshua Keith, 22, police said.

Rivera and Keith were transported to an area hospital for treatment, where Keith died as a result of his injuries, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

Smith said alcohol is thought to be a factor in the collision. Charges are pending the conclusion of an investigation, he said.

About 20 minutes later in Duluth, a three-vehicle accident claimed one man.

The head-on collision happened about 3:36 a.m. on Steve Reynolds Boulevard near Old Norcross Road.

Smith said Soon Kwon, 22, was southbound on the road in a 2008 Lexus IS250, in the left lane, when he was sideswiped by a 2010 Kia Forte driven by Gho Lee, 23. Lee was traveling in the same direction in the right lane, Smith said.

The impact caused the Lexus to cross the center lane and collide head-on with a 2005 Honda Accord driven by Eddie Ko, 23.

The front seat passenger in the Lexus, Se Shin, 22, died on scene due to his injuries, Smith said.

Drivers and passengers in the Lexus and Honda were transported to metro Atlanta hospitals for injuries. None of the occupants in the Kia were injured.

Alcohol is thought to be a contributing factor, and charges are also pending in that crash, Smith said.