Driver killed in Gwinnett’s first traffic fatality of new year

A 47-year-old Lilburn man became Gwinnett County’s first traffic fatality of 2019 on Thursday, police said.

The crash happened about 11 a.m. near Tucker, Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a statement.

Habeeb Lami, 18, of Tucker, was driving westbound on Lawrenceville Highway in a Toyota Camry, while Angus Reid was traveling east in a white Chevrolet Impala. As Lami turned left, he hit Reid’s car in the driver’s-side door, police said.

Reid died after being taken to a hospital, police said. Lami sustained minor injuries.

No charges have been filed, Pihera said.

The day before, a pedestrian was seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle near Norcross, authorities said in a separate announcement.

Morris Kamara, 66, of Norcross, was walking north and trying to cross Beaver Ruin Road, according to police. Maria Ramirez Villa, 43, of Norcross, said she saw Kamara but couldn’t stop in time, according to Pihera.

“Morris was taken to a local hospital by the Gwinnett County Fire Department,” Pihera said.

After the collision, the driver remained at the scene. A passerby called 911.

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