Monday, July 2, 2012
© Copyright 2015
Gwinnett Daily Post
Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan
Ruthanna Corbitt pauses at the intersection of Graystone Parkway and Lakeview Road in Grayson on Monday afternoon, where Brittany Sailors, 16, died in a car accident on Sunday night. Corbitt's two children were classmates of Sailors at Grayson High School.
GRAYSON — A bright orange copy of the New Testament sat at the corner of Lakeview Road and Graystone Parkway Monday, propped up by a Sacred Heart of Jesus candle and flanked by balloons, teddy bears and a praying angel statuette.
The words “You’re So Special,” scrawled across one of the balloons, were directed at 16-year-old Brittany “Angel Sailors,” the teen killed Sunday at the residential Grayson intersection. Sailors was a rising junior at Grayson High School and passed away at the scene of the accident that took her life at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday.
Another driver has been charged with DUI in the Sunday night crash that killed Sailors, but the preliminary investigation has police believing the wreck wasn’t necessarily his fault.
Mutajah Claude Paasewe, 23, of Grayson has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence during the fatal accident. According to Gwinnett County police, however, alcohol may not have been the cause of the wreck.
Police believe Sailors’ gold Mitsubishi Diamante was stopped at the stop sign at Graystone Parkway and Lakeview Road at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday. Paasewe was coming west on Lakeview Road in his Pontiac Bonneville.
According to police, “(Sailors) failed to yield to (Paasewe) and turned left in front of (Paasewe), causing the collision.”
Sailors and her passenger, 16-year-old Lacey Gowens of Lawrenceville, were not wearing seatbelts. Sailors died at the scene, while Gowens, Paasewe and another passenger were transported with non-life threatening injuries.
Gwinnett County jail records show Paasewe, listed as a student at Georgia Gwinnett College, is being held for immigration authorities. Records list his birthplace as Liberia.
Return to www.gwinnettdailypost.com for updates.