GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga – Days after a Mill Creek High School student died in a car crash, the driver of that car was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail.
The Mill Creek cheer team released Sunday afternoon that one of its junior cheerleaders, 16-year-old Caitlyn Pollock of Buford, died in the accident the night before.
Police identified the driver of the car as Kyle McDowell, 21, and said he will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain lane, and first-degree vehicular manslaughter. degree
McDowell was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and police booked him into jail on Wednesday.
Gwinnett County police said Pollock was a passenger in McDowell’s car when he failed to navigate the on-ramp onto state Route 316, hitting a concrete barrier.
It is still unclear how Pollock met McDowell or where they went.
Family spokeswoman Lori D’Adamio said Pollock was loved by everyone.
“He had a smile that just lit up the room and made you feel good,” D’Adamio said. “Life is precious and it can be taken away in an instant, and Caitlyn was taken away and it shouldn’t have been.”
Mill Creek High School Principal Jason Lane sent a letter to the school community following the crash: “It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the tragic loss of one of our students at Mill Creek High over the weekend . Our hearts and thoughts are with the student’s family, friends and loved ones as they cope with this tremendous personal loss.”
Students and teachers held a moment of silence to remember their classmate.
The school also had counselors and social workers on hand to help grieving students.
Police have not released details about the crash. Channel 2 contacted Gwinnett police about the crash reports.