Report: Driver in I-985 fatal crash was drunk, unlicensed

SUWANEE -- Police arrested two Gainesville residents who reportedly walked away from a fatal crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 985 and hid in some woods instead of calling 911. The driver was under the influence of alcohol and had no valid license, authorities said.

Gainesville resident Felipe Vilchis, 19, died at Gwinnett Medical Center following the single-vehicle crash just north of the I-985/I-85 split near Suwanee, according to a police report.

Investigators found that Vilchis was riding in a northbound 2001 Honda Civic driven by Henry Saravia, 25, with another Gainesville resident, Marisa Diosdado, 20.

Saravia lost control of the car, hit a concrete median, swerved across the road, over-corrected and slammed into the end of a guardrail, causing the car to overturn, a Gwinnett police accident report states.

Saravia and Diosdado fled on foot to nearby woods but were located by police soon after they arrived on scene. They were treated for minor injuries and arrested, the report states.

Diosdado was charged with purchase or possessing alcohol by a minor, giving false information and was cited for not having a valid license. She posted $3,900 bond the following day, records show.

Saravia, the driver, remains jailed without bond. He's charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain lane.

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