Police have identified two men killed in fiery crash in Sugar Hill on Monday night.
Gwinnett County police have tentatively named the driver as 30-year-old James Gifford, of Elijay and the other victim as 21-year-old Thomas Hawkins, of Snellville. Police said they both died after their car went off Sycamore Road, crashed into a tree, and exploded.
People who live along the road told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh it wasn't the first wreck they've seen in the area but definitely the worst.
"It's bound to happen with this turn,” said Sugar Hill resident Tommy Gober.
He said a dangerous curve on Sycamore Road off State Route 20 is a common crash site.
"We've seen a lot of wrecks right here. I'm just waiting for my mom to call me and say there's one through my front door,” he told Kavanaugh.
But he said the other crashes pale in comparison to what happened Monday night. Channel 2 Action News was at the scene shortly after firefighters doused the flames that engulfed a car in the crash.
Police said Gifford lost control of his car around the curve on the road. He went across the center line and bounced between two trees. Investigators believe he and Hawkins died on impact.
"It's our understanding they were coming from an AA meeting earlier in the evening, and they were heading to Lake Lanier with a group of other people,” said Gwinnett police Cpl. Ed Ritter.
Gwinnett County police hope more witnesses will come forward so they can figure out exactly what led up to the crash. Meanwhile, residents in the area hope the tragedy will result in some changes.
Gober and his family said there is no signage warning of the upcoming curve and minimal street lighting. The family said they pay $37 a month to shine their own light on their property.
Gober's mother said, she heard the crash and grabbed her fire hose. But when the car exploded, there was nothing she could do.
"I just wish there was something we could have done,” Gober said.