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Angel Sailors

GRAYSON -- Charges filed this week shed new light on what investigators believe happened in a two-vehicle crash that killed a Grayson High School student in July.

The surviving driver, Mutajah Paasewe, 23, of Grayson, was initially charged with a single count of DUI, as a preliminary investigation indicated the 9:40 p.m. crash at a Grayson intersection on July 1 was not his fault.

Paasewe was again arrested Tuesday on more serious charges of felony vehicular homicide, along with speeding, reckless driving and not wearing a seat belt. The crash killed Grayson student Brittany "Angel" Sailors, 15, at the scene. Paasewe and one passenger from each car were hospitalized.

The basis for the new charges, according to arrest warrants, is that Paasewe was driving a Pontiac Bonneville at 61 mph in a residential area while under the influence. The speed limit on Graystone Parkway at Lakeview Road, where the collision happened, is 40 mph, police said.

Police believe Sailors stopped the gold Mitsubishi Diamante she was driving at the intersection and then turned left in front of Paasewe, who was coming west on Lakeview Road.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Thursday the investigation is still open.

Paasewe remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.