Investigators: Teen only had learner's permit in fatal crash - CBS46 News

Investigators: Teen only had learner's permit in fatal Cherokee County crash

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Cherokee County investigators arrested a mother and son in connection with the fatal accident that occurred Wednesday on Bascomb Carmel Road in Woodstock.

Police said driver Giovanni Aragon-Mercado, 19, crossed the center line and struck a motorcycle head on.

The motorcycle was driven by Derrick Ferree, 24, of Marietta. He later died of his injuries at Kennestone Hospital.

Mercado was charged with misdemeanor homicide by vehicle, failure to maintain lane and violation of license restrictions.

Investigators believe Mercado fell asleep when he crossed the center line. Mercado only had a  learner's permit.

Mercado's mother, Perla Mercado, 38, was also arrested Thursday afternoon.

She is charged with permitting an unlicensed person to drive after she allowed her son to drive her vehicle to his job Wednesday afternoon, according to police

Both are currently in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center.

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