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Student killed in car crash after prom, 3 injured

Photo: David McGregor                   
Classmates of Johlonda Lindsey show emotion while they pray before the start of a candle light vigil in the honor of Lindsey on Sunday evening in front of Meadowcreek High School. Lindsey, a student at Meadowcreek died in a car wreck shortly after midnight on Steve Reynolds Blvd.

Photo: David McGregor Classmates of Johlonda Lindsey show emotion while they pray before the start of a candle light vigil in the honor of Lindsey on Sunday evening in front of Meadowcreek High School. Lindsey, a student at Meadowcreek died in a car wreck shortly after midnight on Steve Reynolds Blvd.

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Johlonda Lindsey

NORCROSS -- Students gathered at Meadowcreek High School Sunday night, mourning the loss of a classmate.

Johlonda Lindsey, a member of the school's track team died in a car accident shortly after midnight on Sunday and three other students were injured as they headed to a party after Saturday's prom.

About 200 students, faculty and members of the community came to the high school on Sunday and others left memorials near where the accident occurred at Steve Reynolds Blvd. Mourners at the vigil comforted each other as they remembered Lindsey.

"(She) was always happy. Not too much ever made her mad and she was always smiling," Josh Ruff said during the vigil.

Gwinnett County police did not identify those involved, but did say they responded to a crash on Steve Reynolds Blvd. that included a fatality.

"One of the occupants did not survive their injuries and died at the scene," a police report said. "A second occupant was transported and is listed in critical condition at this time."

The report also said two other people were transported to the hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatning.

According to police, an on-scene investigation indicated a vehicle that was traveling north on Steve Reynolds Blvd. crossed the center line of the roadway, and was struck by a vehicle that was traveling south on the road.

"Two of the occupants were ejected from the vehicle," police said. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this accident, but speed may have.

Police said warrants have been obtained for the at fault driver including vehicular homicide in the first degree, failure to maintain lane, three counts of serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving.

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Photographer David McGregor contributed to this report.

Comments

rmbr343 2 years, 5 months ago

My sympathy to all of this young, beautiful girl's family and friends. If anything is to come out of this terrible tragedy, let it be that everyone please, please,remember to wear your seat belts. Please.

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Gundoctor1 2 years, 5 months ago

When I was a police officer I only worked one fatality that the deceased person was wearing his seat belt. ONE!!!! I cut his seat belt to get him out. His neck was broken. This is not a coincidence, of course it can still happen and does. Sure is a lot better if you stay inside the car when a bad one happens.

I'm so sorry for this child's parents. Please young people wear your lap belts and shoulder harnesses. Air bags are great, but they are not intended to keep you from being ejected. There is so much speed over here. The crosses and the little shrines are not sufficient. Mom and dad still have to drive by the scene.

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