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3 Meadowcreek High teens killed in accident, one in critical condition

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Brandon Maritnez, Naseer Alwakeel and Nelson Umanzor Brandon Maritnez, Naseer Alwakeel and Nelson Umanzor

Gwinnett County police are investigating a fatal traffic accident that took the lives of three teens on Friday night.

The accident involved a single vehicle and it occurred in the 4400 block of Steve Reynolds Boulevard in unincorporated Norcross. Police responded to the area around 10:15 p.m. Friday.

When police responded to the scene, they discovered a black SUV with extensive damage off of the roadway and down an embankment. The vehicle, a black Toyota 4 Runner, was traveling south on Steve Reynolds Boulevard after leaving the Meadowcreek High School football game.

The preliminary investigation has revealed the 4 Runner was traveling in the left lane when it came upon a slower vehicle. Based on witness accounts and evidence collected at the scene, the driver of the 4 Runner, 18-year-old Brandon Martinez, swerved to the right to avoid a collision and lost control of the vehicle.

The 4 runner veered to the right and went airborne after striking a guardrail, then collided with a tree. The 4 Runner was heavily damaged, killing Martinez and two other passengers, 18-year-old Nelson Umanzor and 16-year-old Naseer Alwakeel. A fourth passenger, 17-year-old Mesiah Allen, remains in critical condition at GMC Lawrenceville.

Police believe all four boys were Meadowcreek High School students. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor.

Gwinnett County School issued the following statement:

We have been notified that four Meadowcreek High School students were involved in a car accident last night. Tragically, three of the students did not survive and the fourth has been hospitalized.

The students involved in the accident, three seniors and one junior, have been very involved at the school. We know the loss of three of these young, promising lives will be difficult for students and staff, alike.

The school will have its counselors and emergency response teams at the school on Monday to assist those who need help coping with this loss. In the meantime, our prayers are with all of these students' families and the Meadowcreek community as they deal with this loss.

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