Teen charged in wreck that killed man, 70

A Gwinnett County teenager was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with a wreck that killed a 70-year-old man.

Mackenzie Lauren Stephenson, 17, of Suwanee, spent about four hours in the Gwinnett County jail before posting $7,000 bond, according to booking records. Stephenson was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide — a misdemeanor — and failure to yield for the Nov. 20 wreck.

Stephenson was stopped at a stop sign on Old Cumming Road around 3 p.m. when she allegedly turned left onto Ga. 20 and into the path of an Acura RSX, driven by Charles “Joe” Fairchild, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fairchild, of Sugar Hill, struck Stephenson’s Ford F-150 in the driver side, front wheel area, according to police. Stephenson allegedly told the officer at the scene that she did not see Fairchild’s car and was responsible for the wreck, the report states.

Both drivers were traveling at about 45 mph at the time of the collision, police said. Witnesses said Fairchild was unable to brake in time to avoid striking the truck.

Stephenson was not injured, according to police. Fairchild was transported to the hospital, where he later died. A funeral was held Sunday for Fairchild, according to an online obituary.

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