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.

Trish Gates January 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Is it legal for 3 kids to be in a car together? Don't you have to have your license for a year to have someone in car with you?
Sharon Swanepoel January 09, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Trish, if the driver was 17, it very likely she had her license for over a year anyway. I think most teens get their license just about as soon as they can after their 16th birthday. In the case of my teens, they got those licenses at the very first opportunity after their sweet 16 birthdays.
Sammy January 09, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The Intermediate License Step 2 Teen drivers 16 years of age can apply for the Class D intermediate license if they have held the instructional permit for 1 year and passed a driving test. Applicants for the Class D intermediate license must complete a 30 hour approved driver education program and a 6 hour state approved driving course prior to receiving the license. In addition to these requirements, teen drivers must also have a minimum of 40 hours of driving under supervision. Six of the 40 hours must be nighttime driving. These requirements are part of Joshua's Law that went into effect in January of 2007. If the Class D intermediate License applicant is 17 years of age the driver's education portion of these requirements are not mandatory. Class D Intermediate License Restrictions Teen drivers issued a State of Georgia Class D intermediate license cannot drive between the hours of 12:00 am and 6 am. During the first 6 months the intermediate license holder cannot carry any passengers outside of their immediate family. After 6 months has passed the license holder can drive with one non-family passenger under the age of 21. After 1 year, the intermediate license holder may drive with up to 3 non-family passengers under the age of 21. Full Class C Driver License The Third Step If the teen driver (18 or older) is holding a Class D license and has been without any major traffic convictions for the previous year they will be granted a Full Class C Driver License.
Sharon Swanepoel January 09, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Thanks for sharing that information with us Sammy.
Lauren Hennessey January 09, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Really?! THIS is what you're asking? It doesn't really matter now. Both of the kids are dead. This is kind of disrespectful.
Amy January 10, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I'm so sad to hear about this. R.I.P Hpe and Austin. We will never forget.
Amy January 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
bernice frederick January 11, 2012 at 04:07 AM
gone but will never be forgotton. spread your wings and fly like all of Gods angles.
nkdjf kndskjf January 11, 2012 at 05:06 AM
your concern is about how many people were in the car, instead of the fact that two people were killed? How inconsiderate can you be. That is so disrespectful.. not only for the deceased, but also for their families. whats the point of posting things like this if you're going to show zero sympathy? especially when nothing can be done about it because the driver is DEAD. for all you know, the amount of people in the car had nothing to do with the cause of the accident.
Gail Lane January 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I can't speak for Trish, but I will say that everyone processes these kinds of things differently. As a parent, we will try to do everything we can to assure that our children are as safe as they can be, and sometimes that includes asking intrusive questions to help us find a way, maybe, to be proactive in that effort.
Gary Fox January 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM
As a bereaved parent & facilitator with Compassionate Friends I say to: Trish, Gail, Sharon, Sammy, you are the people we discuss at our monthly meetings. The people that say the worst possible things at the worst possible time. Ya'll just don't get it do ya - quite frankly I hope you never have to go thru it so you DON'T have the perspective of a bereaved parent.
Gail Lane January 12, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Gary, I think perhaps you misunderstand. When things like this happen, parents go through a litany of things all in one moment. I found out about the accident through the tears of my daughter. Once I gave a thanks for HER safety, I did like every parent: I experienced an intense, wrenching moment of feeling the loss as if it were my own. We cannot begin to comprehend that loss, sharing it in a visceral way. How could we not? But on the heels of that is the "why." Parents have a better understanding that teens are not immortal and we want to protect ours. So we begin to search for "why" in the attempt to prevent it from happening to another. To that end, legislators heard the cries of parents and created laws in the hopes of minimizing the loss of young lives. So it wasn't meant disrespectfully; it was OUR way of trying to find some way to protect our own children; there is no blame attached to the question. We don't get in the faces of bereaved parents to ask them "how do you feel," because, quite frankly, I think we know. It doesn't need to be part of a news story it doesn't need to be a headline. But the details, yes, they should be reported so other parents may look at their teens and say: make sure you have your seat belt on; make sure you don't drive fast; make sure you call me when you get where you are going and call me when you leave; make sure you don't drink and drive. All these "don'ts" are a long way of saying "come home to me safely."
Sharon Swanepoel January 12, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Gary, I am so sorry that you have ever had to go through that. You are right, I can't ever imagine the loss. But I believe the comments here are from parents who are terrified of ever having to go through it, and are looking at how to avoid it ever happening to them. For me, losing a child is something unimaginable and I sympathize with the incredible pain of those parents. However, I do understand parents who have never been in that position wanting to ensure they never have to.
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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