Grayson teens die in wreck

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A three-car collision Saturday night claimed the lives of Hope McKenzie, 17, and Austin Rogers, 19, both of Grayson.

Officials with the Gwinnett County Police Department responded at 10:10 p.m. Saturday to Web Gin House Road between Chadwick Park Drive and Arbor Hill Court in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

The wreck occurred when a 1997 Toyota Tercel driven by McKenzie crossed the center lane and sideswiped a 2004 Toyota Scion, according to Cpl. Edwin Ritter with the Gwinnett County Police Department. The Tercel then spun out of control and struck another vehicle, a Toyota Tundra.

A surviving passenger inside the Tercel, Mckennan Lockridge, 17, of Grayson, was transported in critical condition to Gwinnett Medical Center.

The Scion's driver, Sharianne Smith, 22, Grayson was treated for minor injuries, and was arrested on an outstanding warrant for unrelated charges. Passenger Kanisha Finlay, 21, of Lawrenceville was treated for minor injuries and released.

The Toyota Tundra's driver, Jeffery M. Watson, 51, Loganville, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was later charged with driving under the influence, but police said he was not a contributing cause to the accident and is not being charged for vehicluar homicide.

An arrest warrant for Watson was served at the hospital and Watson was ordered to turn himself in after being discharged. Gwinnett County jail records showed he had not been booked as of Tuesday afternoon.

Passenger Kathleen Watson, 49, Loganville, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Ritter said police "are in the process of determining the cause of this accident."


Gundoctor1 3 years, 6 months ago

Was anyone wearing their seat belt?????


news2me 3 years, 6 months ago

Very sad indeed. Even though it is obvious the teen caused the wreck, the adult driver in the other vehicle was charged with DUI. Glad the police charged him with that crime. Prayers to all involved and families of those that have left.


Veryconcernedcitizen 3 years, 6 months ago

If you saw the pictures of the little green car on the news you would know that those kids could have been wearing 3 seatbelts and it wouldn't have mattered. It was just their time I guess. I heard the teens were also drunk?


jack 3 years, 6 months ago

If the teens were drinking and driving, they made it their time.


GraysonCitizen 3 years, 6 months ago

Incorrect, all reports are now saying the teens were NOT drinking. They are still determining the cause, looking at weather, mechanical possibilities and any other possible reasons. These sweet teens were not under the influence.


kevin 3 years, 6 months ago

Too bad most kids today are allowed to drive before 20. They drive like they are playing a video game. I feel sorry for the parents of those kids. Maybe they will be more cautious the next time and not allow the next kid to dirve until they are older and more mature.


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