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Driver ID'd in early morning single-car crash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police on Monday identified the man killed in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday as Russell Lillie, 40, of Lawrenceville.

Lillie was driving an Acura 3.5RL eastbound on Old Peachtree Road in Lawrenceville about 2:20 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control near Friars Gate Drive, police said.

Police believe Lillie was alone in the car and not wearing a seat belt.

The vehicle snapped a utility pole and overturned, partially ejecting Lillie through the windshield, said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly. Lillie died at the scene.

Kelly said speed and alcohol appear to have been contributing factors. Investigators don't believe any other vehicles were involved or affected the crash, he said. An investigation continues.

The department's accident investigation unit has found that in roughly 45 percent of motor vehicle fatalities last year the victims were not wearing seat belts, Kelly noted.

3 hurt in Buford wreck

BUFORD -- Police have issued citations in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Buford that injured three people, one critically, officials said.

Police cited one driver, Simon Fine, 20, of Buford, for failure to maintain lane and driving on the wrong side of the roadway, Kelly said. An investigation by accident experts continues. Kelly said evidence suggests alcohol was somehow involved.

The head-on collision happened about 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Gravel Springs and Camp Branch roads.

Fine was driving westbound on Gravel Springs Road in a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer when he crossed into eastbound lanes and struck a 2006 Toyota Scion driven by Paul Chappell, 44, of Dacula, police said.

Fine and a passenger inside the Scion were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with injuries that weren't life-threatening, while Chappell was transported in serious condition, said Kelly.

Chappell remained in serious condition Monday, police said.