Feb 8, 2021
Driver charged with vehicular homicide, DUI for accident that killed two passengers on SR 316
- By Curt Yeomans firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Gwinnett County Police
The driver of a car that crashed on State Route 316 near Lawrenceville early Sunday morning, resulting in the death of two passengers, is facing vehicular homicide charges.
Christian Velasquez, 23, was driving a Chevrolet Malibu east on the highway when it ran off the road and hit an overhead sign post and a guardrail near Sugarloaf Parkway just before 6 a.m., Gwinnett police Cpl. Collin Flynn said.
The vehicle rolled after it hit the post and guardrail, causing two passengers to die at the scene.
“Investigators from the department’s Accident Investigation Unit also responded to the scene and took over the crash investigation,” Flynn said.
Velasquez, whose residency information is not listed in jail records, was taken to a local hospital. After he was released, however, he was arrested on the two counts of homicide by vehicle in the 1st degree, DUI, possession of methamphetamine, driving without a valid license and reckless driving.
The names of the victims have not yet been released by police.
Anyone who has information about the crash is asked to call detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. They can also visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. There is a cash reward offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.
Tipsters are asked to reference case No. 21-009899.