Yoan Rosa Peneda (left) faces a murder charge in connection with the January death of Janet Keenan.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department / Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department / Channel 2 Action News

Second man charged with murder after car hit woman’s Gwinnett home

More than three months after a car crashed into a Gwinnett County home and started a fire that killed the home’s owner, a second suspect has been arrested and charged with her death, police said.

Yoan Rosa Peneda was arrested and charged with murder in the death of 72-year-old Janet Keenan, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Wilbert Rundles told AJC.com on Tuesday. 

Around 5 a.m. on Jan. 21, Keenan’s home off Meadow Church Road in unincorporated Suwanee was hit by a Toyota Camry, AJC.com previously reported. The driver of the car, 24-year-old Ayron Poche, allegedly ran away from the home, which caught on fire.

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Keenan called 911, but she eventually became unconscious and died Feb. 2 in the hospital, police previously said.

Poche, who was arrested four days after the incident, was then charged with felony murder and second-degree criminal damage to property in addition to hit-and-run, serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving charges.

Ayron Poche
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Rundles said Peneda and Poche “were together during the incident,” but he didn’t specify how Peneda was connected to Keenan’s death. No other details about the investigation have been released.

Both suspects were booked into the Gwinnett County jail.

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