Ayron Poche (left) has been charged in the death of Janet Keenan.
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office / Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office / Channel 2 Action News

Duluth man charged with murder after allegedly driving into woman’s house

A Duluth man is set to appear in court Wednesday and face a murder charge, more than two weeks after he allegedly drove his car into the side of a Gwinnett County home, killing a woman who was inside.

Ayron Poche, 24, was driving on Meadow Church Road in unincorporated Suwanee about 5 a.m. on Jan. 21, Gwinnett police said in a statement Wednesday. His Toyota Camry hit the side of a home, causing the car and building to catch fire, police said. Poche allegedly left the scene on foot, while 72-year-old Janet Keenan called 911 from inside.

“Though she tried to exit the home, she eventually went unconscious,” police said. First responders took the woman to the hospital.

Four days later, investigators identified Poche as the driver and arrested him, police said. He was charged with several crimes, including hit-and-run, serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving. No bond was set for Poche.

On Feb. 2, Keenan died as a result of her injuries, so Poche was additionally charged with felony murder and criminal damage to property in the second degree.

He remains held at the Gwinnett County Jail.

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