Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUGAR HILL -- Gwinnett police have tentatively identified two people involved in a fiery crash early on Tuesday.
Police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the two victims were traveling north at the 5300 block of Sycamore Road when the driver of a dark gray BMW 740i lost control, crossed the road and struck a tree at approximately 12:30 a.m. The car was fully engulfed in flames, and both driver and passenger were deceased by the time the fire was extinguished.
Ritter said on Wednesday that the Gwinnett police Accident Investigation Unit has tentatively identified the driver as James P. Gifford, 30, of Ellijay, and the passenger as Thomas Hawkins, 21, of Snellville.
Investigators are waiting on confirmation through dental records.
The duo was believed to be en route to Lake Lanier following an alcoholic anonymous class, Ritter said.
Because of injuries and burns, investigators couldn't identify the victims immediately after the crash.