Austin Rogers and Hope McKenzie were reportedly killed in a three-car accident Saturday night in Gwinnett County, Ga. Police said alcohol played a role in the accident that left the 17 year old driver and 20 year old passenger dead, as well as a third passenger injured. Two other people in another vehicle suffered minor injuries. There was fog around metro Atlanta due to heavy rains last night.
The accident happened at about 10 p.m. on Webb Gin House Road near Bennett Road. According to 11 Alive News, the driver sideswiped another car, then hit the third car head-one. There is a RIP Hope McKenzie Facebook page up, as well as the Twitter hashtag #RIPHopeMcKenzie in memory of Hope McKenzie and #RIPAustinRogers for Austin Rogers. From my research, it seems Hope McKenzie was a student at Grayson High School. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of both young people.
The best advice one can take from this tragedy is don’t drink and drive. That is a dangerous combination that most often has deadly consequences. We are in no way saying Hope McKenzie or Austin Rogers were drinking and caused the accident. There were three vehicles involved and the police said alcohol played a role in this tragedy. Again, the lesson to whomever was drinking is that it can have disastrous effects and innocent lives can be lost, as was the case.