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Briefs: Man charged with vehicular homicide; Two dead, 3 wounded in drive-by

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A 20-year-old man was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs when police said she struck and killed a pedestrian Sunday night in Athens. A 17-year-old relative was also injured in the wreck, officials said Monday.

The incident happened around 9:50 p.m. near Oconee Street, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Investigators said Edwin Gaona, of Jessica Way in Bogart, was driving a 2006 Infiniti G35 south bound on the inner Loop near the Oconee Street intersection when a woman stepped into the lane of traffic and was struck by the Infiniti.

The woman, identified Monday as 55-year-old Kathy Maxey, died at the scene, police spokeswoman Kathy Phillips said. Dennys Gaona, 17, also of Jessica Way in Bogart, was also injured and transported to Athens Regional Medical Center where he was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, Phillips said.

Edwin Gaona was arrested and charged with DUI drugs and first-degree homicide by vehicle, Phillips said. There was no report that the 20-year-old was injured in the wreck.

He remained in the Clarke County jail Monday without bond, according to booking records.

Two Killed and Three Injured in Drive-by

Two people were killed and three others injured in a drive-by shooting that apparently stemmed from an argument that happened earlier between two groups in DeKalb County.

And on Monday police said they were still searching for the shooters.

So far, police said they don't know what the argument was about and they have declined to comment on where the dispute occurred.

Still, they said the drive-by happened shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday at 2373 Shamrock Drive.

At least two suspects in one vehicle began shooting at the other vehicle, striking the five occupants, DeKalb County police said.

Officers arrived to find the car crashed in the roadway with the five victims inside, police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said. Two of the victims died while two women and another man were transported to the hospital where they were being treated for non-life threatening injuries, Parish said.

Police have not yet released the names of the victims who died.



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