Two children died and six other people suffered “varying” degrees of injuries — some critical — in a Wednesday night wreck close to the site of a 2017 crash that killed three Meadowcreek High School students.
Vincent Kim, 8, and Kristin Kim, 14, died after 28-year-old Duluth resident Cindy Catalan-Ordonez, who was driving northbound on Steve Reynolds Boulevard near Windward Lane in unincorporated Norcross around 10 p.m., crossed the center line and hit the Toyota Rav 4 they were in, according to Gwinnett County Police Department Cpl. Michele Pihera.
The driver of the Rav 4 and a third passenger were taken to the hospital.
A 22-year-old woman who was driving behind the Kims was also injured due to the impact of Catalan-Ordonez hitting the Rav 4, as were her two other passengers: a 22-year-old and a 1-year-old.
All three were taken to the hospital.
Though the investigation is ongoing, police have issued four warrants for Catalan-Ordonez’s arrest: two for vehicular homicide, one count of driving on the wrong side of the road and one count of reckless driving, Pihera said. All three vehicles were impounded to Gwinnett County Police Department Headquarters for evidence processing.
“Though the loss of life in any traffic collision is terrible, it is especially heart-breaking when the death involves a child,” Pihera said. “Our thoughts are with the Kim family as they cope with the loss of both children.
Wednesday’s wreck comes a little more than a year and a half after an October 2017 wreck claimed the lives of three Meadowcreek High School students close by.
The teens — 18-year-old Brandon Martinez, 18-year-old Nelson Umanzor and 16-year-old Naseer Alwakeel — were leaving a football game at the school when the crash occurred.
A fourth teen who was in the car survived.