Mackenzie Lauren Stephenson
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Suwanee teen is facing vehicular homicide charges after she reportedly caused a crash that claimed the life of a 70-year-old driver.
Mackenzie Lauren Stephenson, 17, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor, and failure to obey a yield sign. She was released on $7,000 bond.
According to a Gwinnett County police report from the Nov. 20 incident, Stephenson was waiting on Old Cumming Road in Sugar Hill to turn left onto Ga. Highway 20. She told police that an eastbound driver stopped to let her pull out.
"(Stephenson) stated she looked left and did not see any vehicles so she pulled out onto (Ga. Highway 20)," the report said.
As Stephenson's Ford F-150 pickup truck pulled into the road, the sporty Acura RSX driven by 70-year-old Sugar Hill man Charles Fairchild continued westbound. Fairchild, reportedly driving about 45 mph, slammed into the driver's side wheel area of the truck, police said.
"(Stephenson) stated that she did not see (Fairchild) approaching and admitted fault for the accident," police said.
No other passengers were in either vehicle.