Teen, Struck Killed Crossing Lawrenceville Highway

The 17-year-old victim was trying to cross Lawrenceville Highway when he was hit.


Gwinnett County Police Department is reporting a fatal pedestrian accident on Lawrenceville Highway Wednesday morning.

Dakota M. Waters, 17, was struck and killed as he stood in the center lane of Lawrenceville Highway, between Hamilton and James roads, just before 7:30 a.m., according to a police press release.

Police say the teen was trying to cross the multi-lane Lawrenceville Highway when the driver of a Land Rover moved into the center lane to turn left on to James Road. The driver was unable to stop and hit the teen standing in the center lane, police reported.

Waters, in critical condition, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center where he later died.

The driver, identified as Sharen Mitchell Golden of Stone Mountain, is not facing charges at this time.

GCPD Cpl. Jake Smith added that while the weather was not listed as a contributing factor, it was relatively dark and raining at the time of the accident.

The Gwinnett County Department Accident Investigation Unit (AIU) is continuing to investigate the accident. Patch will follow up as needed. 

(Editor's Note: This story has been amended from an earlier version.)

Kintaro Hattori January 17, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I can't take you serious with that photo...an editor should have a more serious photo of herself. Sorry if that makes you upset. Thanks.
Joy L. Woodson January 17, 2013 at 07:23 PM
@Kintaro, sorry you don't like the photo, and no, it does not upset me.
Dre January 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM
R.I.P dakota you will be missed skate in peace much love and yes he goes to birkmar
Joy L. Woodson January 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Thanks Dre, we've written a third story that states he went to Berkmar. So sad. We will have funeral information up as soon as we learn that, as well. http://lilburn.patch.com/articles/berkmar-high-mourning-loss-of-dakota-waters-victim-of-fatal-lawrenceville-highway-accident
Samantha Copeland January 19, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Kills my best friend, leaves the scene, doesn't turn herself in until the next day and only gets charged with a misdemeanor.? Fml what a fucking shame.


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