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Teammate charged in deadly post-prom wreck

NORCROSS, Ga. -- A 19-year-old Meadowcreek High School senior faces vehicular homicide charges for a crash that killed his track teammate.

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Gwinnett County Police said DeJon Wideman was driving 16-year-old Johlanda Lindsey and two other girls to a prom after-party early Sunday when he crossed the center line of Steve Reynolds Boulevard to avoid hitting a car in front of him. Police said he hit an oncoming car instead.

Lindsey and another passenger were ejected from the car. Police said none of them were wearing seatbelts.

The two surviving girls, who are sisters, remain hospitalized.

Wideman was released from the hospital Monday and booked into the Gwinnett County jail on charges of vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and improper lane change.

Lindsey's father said he feels for the teen, but still wants him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"He's gotta learn his lesson," John Lindsey said. "He was the one driving that car. He was the one who was speeding and lost control of it."

Friends and family have said Wideman was racing another car just before the accident, but police have found no evidence of that.


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