LOGANVILLE, GA – Gwinnett County Police Department confirmed that a 13-year-old special child died after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 78 in the Loganville area of Gwinnett County on Monday night. The accident happened after he had been reported missing yesterday evening.
According to the police report, at around 10:30 pm on Monday, April 6, officers assigned to the Bay Creek Precinct were dispatched to a pedestrian accident near 3334 Langley Road in unincorporated Loganville. The pedestrian, Jecolia Karikari-Prempe, 13, of Loganville, died as a result of his injuries.
Just prior to the fatality accident call, a woman on Sweet Ashley Way in unincorporated Loganville reported that her 13-year old special needs son was missing. The caller was actively looking for the boy. Once officers arrived, they continued with the search until the accident call came in.
Based on the preliminary investigation, Jecolia slipped out of the home while the mother was showering. When she went to check on him, she found that his tablet was in the garage, and the garage door was open. She drove around looking for him.
Investigators believe that Jecolia was attempting to cross Athens Highway when he was struck by a red minivan. The location of the collision is about 1.3 miles from his home.
At this time, the driver of the red minivan will not face any criminal charges.