A 28-year-old Lawrenceville man who apparently had been drinking and wasn't wearing his seat belt lost control of his car early Sunday and was ejected and killed, Gwinnett County police said.
Adrian Arias was pronounced dead at the scene, on Ga. 316 one mile west of Drowning Creek Road. Police said it appeared "alcohol was a factor" in the 3:30 a.m. crash.
According to investigators, Arias' 1999 Nissan Sentra was westbound when he lost control. The car left the roadway and traveled on the right shoulder, then crossed back over both westbound lanes, the center median and both eastbound lanes before slamming into a guardrail. Arias was ejected.
No one else was in the car, and no other vehicles were involved.
Police noted that in 45 percent of motor-vehicle fatalities last year nationally, the victim wasn't wearing a seat belt.
Police also stressed that they will be conducting numerous patrols this summer aimed at catching impaired drivers.
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