Gwinnett man killed after swerving to avoid crash, hitting tree

Gwinnett County police investigated the fatal crash Sunday night at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Church Road.
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Gwinnett County police investigated the fatal crash Sunday night at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Church Road.

A 21-year-old Lawrenceville man was killed Sunday when he tried to avoid a collision and crashed head-on into a tree.

Josue Hernandez-Cano swerved in his gray Infiniti G37 to avoid hitting a white Acura TSX when the two approached the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and James Road, according to Gwinnett County police.

Hernandez-Cano was traveling north on Lawrenceville Highway, and the Acura was turning left onto the road from James Road. He swerved to the right, while the Acura swerved to the left, a police spokeswoman said in a news release.

“Both vehicles eventually collided,” Cpl. Michele Pihera said. “The white Acura came to a rest in the roadway, while the gray Infiniti continued off the roadway and eventually struck a tree head-on at the intersection of Church Road.”

Emergency crews were called to the crash scene about 7:30 p.m. and took Hernandez-Cano to Northside Gwinnett Hospital. He later died of his injuries, Pihera said.

The driver and a passenger in the Acura were not significantly injured, she said.

According to a police report, the Infiniti was seen on surveillance footage traveling at “a high rate of speed” before the crash. The driver of the Acura told investigators he looked both ways and did not see anyone coming before he began his turn.

“The specifics of this collision are still being investigated, and no charges have been filed as of yet,” Pihera said in the release.

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