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Teen charged in crash that killed Buford grad

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An 18-year-old Lawrenceville resident has been charged with vehicular homicide in a crash last week that killed a revered Buford High School graduate and son of a coach.

Caylie Edge was booked at the Gwinnett County Jail on Thursday, hours after the victim, Devin Durden, 21, succumbed to injuries at Gwinnett Medical Center that included a severed spine.

The vehicular homicide charge is a misdemeanor in this case because the alleged crime was not committed in conjunction with a felony or high-level violation of a traffic law.

Edge is also charged with failure to yield, a misdemeanor. She posted $32,450 bond and was released from jail later Thursday.

The crash happened about 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 near the Mall of Georgia.

According to a preliminary investigation, Edge turned left in a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer into the path of Durden, who was riding a 2005 Yamaha R1 south on Ga. Highway 20 near Gravel Springs Road. Durden spent more than a week in the ICU before dying in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Jail records list Edge as a Georgia Gwinnett College student.

On the football field, Durden played tight end for three seasons at Air Force before deciding recently to enlist for active duty. The 2009 Buford grad and three-time scholar-athlete was a key player on the Wolves' 2007 and 2008 state championship football teams.

Durden is the son of Gene Durden, Buford's head girls basketball coach. He also played high school basketball for the Wolves, but made his biggest mark in football.

Visitation for Durden will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Flanigan's Funeral Home, and the funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at Buford First Baptist Church.

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roaads1 2 years, 2 months ago

As awful as the loss of a young talented life is, this doesn't seem right. Arresting this 18 year old girl. Her life has changed forever anyway. This appears to just be a tragic accident, not a criminal act. Is this what we've sunk to? When someone that made headlines when they were taken from us tragically means someone has to pay like a criminal? I hope they rethink what they are doing and why. Unless she was texting, drinking, etc, this was simply an accident. Awful yes, tragic yes, and life changing for so many, yes. Lets not make it worse by completely ruining another young life. Nothing will bring this awesome young man back. And nothing will make this young lady forget that she was at fault in this terrible accident.

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NewsReader 2 years, 2 months ago

You are so right roaads. Not that she deserves a free pass, but this isn't the same as negligent adolescent behavior. She will indeed live the rest of her life knowing she was responsible for the death of another human being. Nothing positive can become of making a spectacle out of it.

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dentaldawg83 2 years, 2 months ago

How do you know she wasn't negligent? When somebody dies at another's hand in our system, blame has to be placed. I'm not trying to be a cold heart here, but that girl killed somebody and there is a price to be paid.

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mickeyroberts 2 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully her lawyer will hire a good accident reconstructionist; who knows, the motorcyclist may have been speeding. Tragic all the way around.

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news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

Agree all around. This girl is being charged appropriately, I see nothing wrong with that. It's stories like these that all media should not allow comments on from the public. We all have said things out of line before, sometimes you just say the wrong thing and it spins out of control. It is just disrespectful to all involved in a tragedy like this. This girl will pay the price for her actions and she should be made an example, privately, between parents and their teenage drivers.

Thoughts and prayers to the Durden family and everyone else involved.

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John_Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

"It's stories like these that all media should not allow comments on from the public" Why not?

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Oliver 2 years, 2 months ago

It's a truly sad story for all parties and I'm not sure anything can be done to fill the hole in the Durden family's and friend's lives. I think this young lady will be living with a very heavy burden for her life. I think one way to try to create some good from this situation is to have her go to high school and driver's education classes and tell the young teen-aged drivers about the horrible accident she caused. While these actions won't undo this accident and the pain it has caused, hopefully these actions might prevent future accidents and future pain.

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NewsReader 2 years, 2 months ago

Good Grief! "...The vehicular homicide charge is a misdemeanor in this case because the alleged crime was not committed in conjunction with a felony or high-level violation of a traffic law..." This is what I meant by "negligent adolescent behavior". She wasn't charged with DUI, texting while driving, speeding, or a host of other violations of state law. She was charged with failure to yield. Blame was sufficiently placed on her, and yes, she will deal with those charges. But no amount of charges in criminal court could make up for the personal emotional toll this kid will endure for the rest of her life. That was precisely the point that I was trying to make.

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

Too bad no one is talking about what the dead victim's parents will have to go through for the rest of their lives as well. There was a victim here and justice must be handed out. Maybe this girl's parents should take a long look at her driving record in the future. She might have gotten her drivers license from WalMart. Who knows? I hope she shows up at the boy's funeral to show some remorse to the family.

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roaads1 2 years, 2 months ago

Kevin, I believe everyone on this forum acknowledged this is tragic. It goes without saying, or I believe it does, that his family was included in the definition of "tragic" or "tragedy". A crime wasn't committed that I can tell. Only a terrible accident. Charging her with a misdemeanor was a judgement call. It is just my opinion that it wasn't the best call. That was my point. She will pay for this emotionally forever. The charge was unnecessary. Again, my opinion.

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NewsReader 2 years, 2 months ago

What is to talk about kevin? The story is about the girl. The boy's death is tragic. I think we all acknowledge that. There is a huge difference between doing something stupid and having a bad accident. I don't suppose you have ever been involved in an accident huh! Never mind. Not worth the discussion.

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news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

She might have gotten her drivers license from WalMart.

kevin, really? You need to gather your thoughts before you post.

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