Charges Filed in Accident that Killed 2 Teens From Grayson

Gwinnett Police have filed charges of DUI against the Loganville man who was the driver of the other vehicle, but he has not been charged with vehicular homicide since the DUI was not related to the cause of the accident.

Charges have been filed against people in two of three vehicles involved in a wreck Saturday that  

According to a press release from Gwinnett County Police, the accident is still under investigation, but so far charges have been filed against the drivers of two of the vehicles involved, although not related to the accident. The driver of the car that was hit head-on by the vehicle the Grayson teens were traveling in was later arrested and charged with DUI, but police report that did not contribute to the collision.

The accident occurred at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday on Webb Ginn House Road between Chadwick Park Drive and Arbor Hill Court. Police say that the vehicle driven by , 17, of Grayson, a green 1997 Toyota Tercel, was traveling west on Webb Gin House Road when it crossed the center lane just west of Chadwick Park Drive. In doing so, it sideswiped a 2004 Toyota Scion driven by Sharianne Smith, 22, also of Grayson. McKenzie's car then spun out of control and struck a silver Toyota Tundra driver by Jeffery M. Watson, 51, of Loganville.

McKenzie and her front seat passenger, Austin Rogers, 19, of Grayson, were killed in the crash. Mckennan Locridge, 17, also of Grayson, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in a critical condition. Smith was treated for minor injuries on the scene and then taken to Gwinnett Detention Center on an outstanding arrest warrant for unrelated charges. A 21-year-old passenger in the car was treated for minor injuries and then released.

Watson was treated at Gwinnett Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and later arrested on a DUI charge. However, police report that since it was not considered a contributing factor in the accident, he will not be charged with vehiclar homicide. A passenger in his car, Kathleen Watson, 49, also of Loganville, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Police report that the accident is still under investigation to determine the cause. A spokesman for Gwinnett County Public Schools has not yet confirmed whether Rogers is a former student of GHS. However, it has been confirmed that McKenzie was a junior at the school.

Gary Fox January 12, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Sharon, your getting a free pass - your close to being on point. Gail Moore - the more you say the deeper the hole gets - you REALLY should just say something like " I'm sorry for your loss" & give the matter a rest, because you INDEED are the type person I described that says the WRONG thing @ the WRONG time & your only making this worse by saying (paraphrased) you think you know how we feel!?!?!?!?!? I still say I hope you never know this pain. No response is expected or required here GIVE IT A REST & if you have children/ grandchildren go hug their neck & tell em you love them before they go to bed.
Msgoff January 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Well, I suppose I'll open myself up for attack, and I realize that this is not a positive way to start this comment, however............. I was very saddened when I saw this on the television news last week. It happens every time I see the death or serious damage of anyone in a tragic accident, but esp. young people, no matter the cause. I go through all of the thoughts like they will never graduate, go to college, they will never get married, what they will not experience, etc. No, we do not know how a bereaved parent, family member or anyone feels. I have always said that I can never imagine, know or feel another person's pain in such a situation, even divorce; it's iimpossible. Reading this I get the impression that you may know Gail Moore, and/or have a problem with her. It may be your grief that is causing you to react to semantics. I am very sorry. When I hear of a car accident involving teens it always takes me back to the day when my middle daughter started to drive. I told her, "No more than 2 people are allowed in the car." She asked why not, and I explained. I asked her how many young people are often in a car when there is an accident. I talked about others urging her to drive faster, calling her scared, talking/singing loudly, etc. My daughter was an excellent student, role model, obedient and did not drink & still doesn't. Then there was the night when a group of girls from one school wanted her to drive them to a party at another school. Too many characters...
Msgoff January 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I had too many characters so I had to separate my message. She just happened to mention that a group of boys were going in another car. I thought about the boys taunting, teasing, pulling along side the girls' car. The drive would be through a series of small towns and very narrow, dark, tree-lined country roads. The heat was on!! Deep within I felt that she did want to tell the girls no, that she could not drive them to the party, so we talked about the situation for quite some time. Eventually she called the girls and said that she was not going to the party. I was relieved! I am sorry if this hurts you to read this; however, I hope that some parents will read it and be able to remind their child about the possibilities and the dangers of anyone driving under certain conditions, be it weather, road, noise, crowded, etc. and I hope their child will understand the parents' love and caring for them. I am so deeply saddened by this and I pray that God will comfort you and give you strength to get through all of this. "Precious Memories."
Wendy January 16, 2012 at 05:43 PM
It's tragic to lose someone, no matter the age or circumstance. My prayers are with the families.


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