Woman charged in crash involving teens

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Gwinnett County police say 37-year-old Beverly Wilkins caused a crash that sent five people to the hospital, including three teenagers.

The wreck happened Friday at the intersection of Highway 316 and Highway 29 near Lawrenceville.

Police said Wilkins was going the wrong way on Highway 316 for about three miles Friday night. They said she will be charged with DUI, reckless driving, accident causing serious injury and failure to maintain lane once she is released from the hospital.

Investigators said one of the passengers in the other vehicle is still in critical condition at a hospital, with serious head trauma. They identified the driver of the second vehicle as 19-year-old Yi Shan Yang of Berkley Lake.

Friday's crash is the third caused by a wrong-way driver in metro Atlanta in just ten days.

On Monday, Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh requested the 911 calls that flooded the Gwinnett County 911 center.

Many of those drivers called in after they narrowly avoided a head-on collision themselves.

Ten people alerted police to the wrong-way driver, including an off-duty police officer and a county medic.

All the calls came in within the two minutes before the head on crash.

Caller: "There's a vehicle going the wrong way on 316. ... It almost hit me head on."
Caller: "It almost hit me head on almost hit another vehicle head on. I don't know if they're drunk."
Caller: "Someone was going the wrong way, it just barely missed me.
Caller: "It was moving fast."

The callers said a SUV was heading east in the westbound lanes. Some of the witnesses believed they saw the driver first cross over the median at Cedars.

The driver continued down the wrong way for about three miles through the major intersection at Highway 29.

The crash happened moments later.

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