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Attempt to remove jacket caused fatal Grayson crash

Thomas Embry

Thomas Embry

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U’Lawnda Lewis

A jacket cost U’Lawnda Lewis her life.

According to arrest warrants, 21-year-old Loganville resident Thomas Embry was driving down U.S. Highway 78 near Grayson when he decided to take off his coat. Tragedy followed.

“This action caused him to release control of his vehicle while in operation and resulted in the subject leaving his lane, entering oncoming traffic and striking another vehicle in a head-on collision resulting in a fatality,” warrants said.

Lewis, a 40-year-old licensed professional counselor from Snellville, was driving the minivan Embry allegedly hit. As her 17-year-old son was taken to the hospital with a head laceration, she died at the scene near Haynescrest Drive.

Embry — an all-region pitcher for South Gwinnett High School in 2010 and 2011 — was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a litany of charges including misdemeanor vehicular homicide, reckless conduct, improper lane change, failure to exercise due care, operating a motor vehicle on the wrong side of the road and seat belt required.

Jail records show Embry was released on $7,965 bond about seven hours after his arrest.

Lewis is survived by husband Ronnie, two children and three step-children. Visitation services will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Snellville chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, located at 3705 U.S. Highway 78.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Snellville First Baptist Church.