Teen driver charged in “car surfing” death

A Dawsonville teen who was driving when another teen was thrown from the roof of the car will be charged with homicide, Georgia State Patrol officials said.

Anna Gabrielle Hawkins was killed on June 10 after the SUV she was “car surfing” on went into a curve, lost control and hit an embankment, authorities said.

State Troopers are charging the 16-year-old girl who was at the wheel of the 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara with first-degree homicide by vehicle, a felony, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions and violating license restrictions in Dawson County Juvenile Court, authorities said.

Troopers said the SUV Hawkins, 16, was riding on was speeding in the southbound lane of Couch Road near Dawsonville the night of the accident.

When the road turned, authorities said the vehicle crossed over into the northbound lane before leaving the road and striking the embankment on the SUV’s left side.

The driver is a juvenile, and in accordance with Atlanta Journal-Constitution policy, is not being named.

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