UPDATE: Victims of Fiery Crash Tentatively Identified

A 21-year-old Snellville man is believed to be one of the victims.


Gwinnett Police tentatively have identified the two fatalities from the fiery, one-car crash that occurred Tuesday in unincorporated Sugar Hill.

According to a news release Wednesday, July 4, James P. Gifford, 30, of Ellijay was the driver and Thomas Hawkins, 21, of Snellville was the passenger in the BMW that crashed into a tree and burst into flames. The accident occurred on Sycamore Road near Nelson Brodgon Boulevard.

The police news release Wednesday said that investigators still are waiting on confirmation through dental records.


Gwinnett County police are asking for help in identifying two people who died in a fiery crash on Sycamore Road in the Sugar Hill area of Gwinnett County.

According to a press release, the accident happened at about 12:32 a.m. on July 3, 2012, on Sycamore Road, a half a mile north of Nelson Brogdon Blvd in unincorporated Gwinnett County.
"The driver of a dark gray BMW 740i was heading north on Sycamore Road when the driver lost control. The vehicle crossed over the double yellow line traveling off the west side of the road striking a tree at the 5300 blk. of Sycamore Road," the press release reads. "After impact the vehicle became fully engulfed in fire. The vehicle was occupied by the driver and a passenger and both were deceased when the fire was extinguished."
Due to the severe injuries sustained in the collision to the driver and passenger, the investigators are having a difficult time positively identifying the victims. They believe they have tentatively identified the driver and are awaiting confirmation through dental records. However, they are seeking help in identifying the passenger.  It is believed that both were traveling to Lake Lanier after leaving an alcohol anonymous class.

Anyone with information regarding this accident and the identities of the victims are encouraged to call the Gwinnett County Police Accident Investigation Unit at 678-442-5626

STATE OF DENIAL July 04, 2012 at 05:20 PM
"It is believed that both were traveling to Lake Lanier after leaving an alcohol anonymous class." Better never than late-------------- Yuck.


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