Stone Mountain Driver Charged in Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Lawrenceville Hwy

The driver, Sharon Mitchell-Golden, has been charged in the accident that killed a Lawrenceville teen.

Gwinnett County Police say the driver involved in the fatal pedestrian accident on Lawrenceville Highway Wednesday morning has now been charged.

In a release, GCPD Cpl. Jake Smith said the driver, Sharon Mitchell-Golden, 49, of Stone Mountain, turned herself in to police Thursday.

Mitchell-Golden has been charged with second degree vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor, and driving more than 300 feet in the center turn lane. 

Mitchell-Golden reportedly struck 17 year old Dakota M. Waters of Lawrenceville as he tried to cross Lawrenceville Highway between Hamilton Road and James Road at around 7:30am. Waters was reportedly standing in the center lane as Mitchell-Golden was unable to stop her 2007 Land Rover and hit the teen. Waters was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition and later died.

Gwinnett County Public Schools is confirming that Waters was a student at Berkmar High School.

This accident occurred yards from where R&B singer and actress Natina Reed was also killed while trying to cross the multi-lane highway.

This article first appeared on Lawrenceville Patch. Additional information was included from Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch.

Ebony Scott January 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Never ever heard of Natina Reed or Blaque, but very sad!!
Rebecca January 18, 2013 at 12:39 AM
This lady killed one of my really good friends. He NEVER deserved that.
Karissa Bursch January 18, 2013 at 03:00 PM
This is such a tragedy - so young. And I imagine the woman feels terrible. The city should look into something like a pedestrian bridge if it's a popular spot to cross the street and more than one person has died attempting it.
wiggedout January 27, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Was driving normally on North Decatur recently when a young man, wearing all dark clothes, darted across the street in front of me. It scared me because I didnt' see him until my headlights were shining on him just some 30 feet away. So many pedestrians just assume that a driver can see them (NOT saying this was the case here, but...) when the driver could, at that moment, be checking the rear-view mirror or looking at road signage (or, worse, checking texts!). Pedestrians must absolutely assume they are always invisible to drivers!


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