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Gwinnett County teen dead, woman charged in traffic accident

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A Gwinnett County teen was struck and killed while trying to cross a busy street. Seventeen-year-old Dakota Waters was a junior at Berkmar High School. His dad, Jerrell Waters said he was just a few miles from home, and on his way to school when the accident happened.

"He was smart, had plenty of friends. I'm going to miss him," Jerrell Waters said.

Jerrell Waters struggled to find the right words to describe the grief he feels over the loss of his son. He has no problem talking about how proud he was of his son, or Dakota Waters' first love.

"He loved that skateboard and he was good at it, do all that stuff, jump up on the side of the rails and stuff like that," Jerrell Waters said.

Dakota Waters skateboarding is what will forever be engrained in Jerrell Waters' mind.

On Wednesday, Dakota Waters was standing in the center turn lane on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamiliton Rd. when police said Sharon Mitchell-Golden struck him as she crossed that lane. She's charged with a turn lane violation and vehicular homicide in the second degree.

A memorial marks the area where Dakota Waters was hit. Police think rain and low light may have contributed to the accident.

"Bad thing about it is this is my second son I've lost. Lost the other one about 17 years ago, when he was born," Jerrell Waters said.

Dakota Waters helped his dad get past his grief over that loss. Jerrell Waters said he has a memory he'll always hold close. 

"He wasn't embarrassed in front of his friends. He'd come around and say, 'I love you dad.' I'd say, 'I do too.' And I think at least I got that on my mind that was the last words I heard from him, 'I love you.' That's what counts," Jerrell Waters said. 

The family will hold a memorial on Monday.

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