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DACULA -- Police have arrested a second driver in a Saturday crash that killed a Dacula teen after an investigation revealed the two involved cars were racing, officials said Wednesday.

Police arrested Dacula resident Joseph Evancho, 24, on charges of vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and racing. He remained jailed Wednesday afternoon on $28,300 bond.

Accident investigators believe Evancho was racing a 1992 Honda Civic in a 2007 Mercedes Benz SUV on Hamilton Mill Parkway near Town Manor Court when the accident occurred about 6:25 p.m.

Four 18-year-old occupants were traveling in the Civic when the driver lost control and struck a tree in the median, police said.

Two passengers -- Emmanuel Vasquez-Marrero and Carlos Bonilla, both of Dacula -- were ejected. Vasquez-Marrero, a rear seat passenger, died at the scene, police said.

Bonilla was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition.

The alleged driver, Jason Polo, of Dacula, and a third passenger were also hospitalized with minor injuries and released.

Polo was charged with vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly. He now faces an additional charge of racing.

The two charges related to passengers' injuries are considered felonies in light of both men's alleged erratic driving.

Polo was arrested Saturday but has since posted $31,600 bond. Jail records list him as a Dacula High School student.

Kelly said there's no evidence the vehicles contacted each other during the alleged race.