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The man charged in Thursday’s fatal crash near Norcross shouldn’t have been driving at all.

Gwinnett County police have identified 22-year-old Gainesville resident Jacob Nicholson as the driver of the blue Honda Odyssey traveling down Singleton Road Thursday morning before swerving into the wrong lane and striking six other vehicles waiting to turn onto Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Cynthia Thomas, 59, of Norcross died at the scene when her Honda Accord was hit. One of the five other drivers reported minor injuries.

Nicholson was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center himself and remained in critical condition Friday. Despite that, Gwinnett County police have now lodged criminal charges against him — including driving on an expired license.

Arrest warrants issued Friday charged Nicholson with first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road, no seatbelt and the aforementioned driving on an expired license.

Authorities have yet to release information regarding why Nicholson swerved into oncoming traffic.

“The investigation continues as the investigators attempt to determine or identify any other contributing factors in this crash,” Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.