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Teen killed, 3 hurt driving to after-prom party
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Teen killed, 3 hurt driving to after-prom party

NORCROSS, Ga. -- An early morning crash Sunday took the life of a Meadowcreek High School student and injured three of her classmates.

Johlanda Lindsey,16, was on her way to an after-prom party with several friends when their car was struck by an oncoming vehicle that crossed the center line on Steve Reynolds Boulevard.

Lindsey was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father John Lindsey said she wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Three other teens were injured, one critically. Two people were thrown from the car during the crash.

Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. J.L. Sligar said a preliminary investigation indicates alcohol did not play a role in the accident, but speed may have. Sligar said charges are pending against the driver who hit the teens, including reckless driving and first-degree vehicular homicide.

Family and friends gathered for a vigil at Meadowcreek High Sunday afternoon to honor the popular student and track star. Grief counselors will be at the school Monday for any students who may need them.

John Lindsey told 11Alive's Duffie Dixon: "I hope people learn from this. Somebody needs to make these laws tougher for these teenagers out here, because they get three or four in a car, then they want to act out for their friends and these wrecks happen, and now a young boy is busted."

He said the young man charged in his daughter's death is a track teammate.

One of Johlanda Lindsey's last Twitter entries Saturday was to tweet her friends that she was not attending the prom, but going to the after-party just to have fun.

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