Cindy Catalan-Ordonez has been charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle, two counts of serious injury by vehicle and one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol, recklesss driving, and driving on the wrong side of the road
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Cops: Driver in Gwinnett crash that killed 2 kids charged with DUI

The woman charged in a June crash that killed two children is facing new charges, including driving under the influence, Gwinnett County police said. 

Cindy Catalan-Ordonez, 28, of Duluth, is the only driver charged in the June 20 crash that killed 8-year-old Vincent Kim and 14-year-old Kristin Kim. She was initially charge with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road. Police added one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of serious injury by vehicle on Tuesday.

Catalan-Ordonez has been arrested in the past on charges including driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license. She pleaded guilty in 2014 to one charge of driving under the influence, Gwinnett County court records show. She was sentenced to time served and a year on probation.


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The crash occurred on Steve Reynolds Boulevard near Windward Lane around 10 p.m June 20. The car carrying the Kim children was driving southbound. Catalan-Ordonez was driving northbound, and a gold Honda Civic was traveling behind the Kims, according to police.

Catalan-Ordonez crossed into oncoming traffic, striking the Kim vehicle head-on, police said. The force of the crash pushed the Kim’s car into the Honda Civic.

All three drivers and five passengers involved in the crash were injured and transported to a nearby hospital. 

Catalan-Ordonez has been held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center since she was released from the hospital on June 22. 


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