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Boy, 7, killed in car crash on I-85, driver was charged with vehicular homicide

Gwinnett County police have charged the driver in a single-vehicle wreck that killed an unrestrained 7-year-old boy and injured three other passengers.
Gwinnett County police have charged the driver in a single-vehicle wreck that killed an unrestrained 7-year-old boy and injured three other passengers.Stock Photo

A 7-year-old Norcross boy was killed in a crash that also injured two adults and two children on I-85 in Gwinnett County Thursday and police have charged the driver who they said was driving.

The crash happened around 3:50 p.m. on I-85 southbound near Boggs Road in Duluth, according to Gwinnett County police. Investigators said 33-year-old Juan C. Velasquez-Dominguez, was driving a black 1998 Honda Accord when the car veered off the roadway and struck the concrete base for the Boggs Road exit sign.

Juan Velazquez, 7, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center where he died, police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said. The boy was not wearing a seat belt and neither was 5-year-old Sophia Ramos who was transported to Scottish Rite with non-life threatening injuries.

Velasquez-Dominguez did not have a drivers’ license, but was wearing a seat belt, Ritter said. He remained in the hospital Thursday with non-life threatening injuries, Ritter said. Two other passengers were also injured, but Sara Ramos-Martin, 35, and 10-year-old Nelson Tucas Belloso, both of Norcross, were wearing seat belts, Ritter said. Both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what made Velasquez-Dominguez veer off the roadway.

He was charged with second degree vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. He was also charged with driving without a license, improper lane change, reckless conduct and no safety restraint for a child, Ritter said.