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Alleged wrong-way driver ID'd, victim critical

LAWRENCEVILLE -- One of the teen victims allegedly struck by an intoxicated wrong-way driver over the weekend remains in critical condition, police said Tuesday.

Five passengers, all in their mid- to late-teens, were in a vehicle involved in a head-on collision on Ga. Highway 316 Friday night. According to Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter, 37-year-old Dacula resident Beverly Wilkins was driving drunk on the wrong side of the road when she collided with the vehicle near Winder Highway at about 10:30 p.m.

Wilkins, who remained at Gwinnett Medical Center Tuesday with non-life threatening injuries, will face several charges once she is released. Those include driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and five counts of causing an accident with serious bodily injury, Ritter said.

A formal incident report was not available Tuesday, but Ritter said the driver of the other vehicle -- a 19-year-old female from Berkeley Lake -- was also in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and will not face any charges.

Four more passengers were in the victim car, Ritter said. Their identities were not released.

One of the passengers, who was riding in the rear-center seat, was still in critical condition with a "severe head injury," Ritter said.