Unlicensed Driver Involved In Wreck That Killed Teen

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A Lanier High School ninth-grader was killed in a crash Wednesday, Gwinnett police said.

Johnathan Campbell, 15, of Buford, was being driven to school by his older sister, Rebecca Campbell, 17, also of Buford, Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri said police did not say whether the crash was weather-related, but the crash happened during a storm that caused several wrecks.

Rebecca Campbell was trying to turn onto First Avenue when they were hit by Jhony Velasquez, 34, of Duluth, who was driving a black Jeep, at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Sugar Hill, Ritter said.

Both drivers were taken to the Gwinnett Medical Center to be treated for injuries, Ritter said. Johnathan Campbell died in the crash.

Jhony Velasquez
“We just ask everybody to be careful and pay attention to their driving,” Ritter told Viteri.

Gwinnett Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said school leaders and counselors have met with the teachers of the students involved. A crisis team was headed to the school to assist any students who need additional help.
Velasquez has been charged with driving without a valid driver’s license.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how the accident happened.