Update: Vehicular homicide charges filed in overnight accident that killed two children


Gwinnett County Police Department reports that vehicular homicide charges have been filed against Cindy Catalan-Ordonez, 28, of Duluth, following the accident on Steve Reynolds Blvd on June 19, 2019 that resulted in the death of two children. Catalan-Ordonez has four active warrants for her arrest.

“She has been charged with 2 counts of Homicide by Vehicle, 1 count of Vehicles to Drive on Right Side of Roadway, and 1 count of Reckless Driving,” Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a press release. “Upon her release from the hospital, she will be booked into the Gwinnett County Jail.”

Initial Story

(Norcross, Georgia)  Gwinnett County Police Department is reporting that two children died in an overnight crash in Gwinnett County and several others were treated at a local hospital.

According to a press release from Gwinnett County, the incident was called in to the 911 Center shortly after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 regarding the crash that took place on Steve Reynolds Boulevard near Windward Lane in unincorporated Norcross.

Cindy Catalan-Ordonez, 28, of Duluth was driving a silver Mitsubishi Endeavor northbound on Steve Reynolds Boulevard and Rithy Kim, 38, of Stone Mountain was driving a white Toyota Rav 4 southbound on Steve Reynolds Boulevard. Kim had three passengers, Rachana Tep, 37, Vincent Kim, 8, and Kristin Kim, 14. Jaleia Foxx, 22, of Norcross was driving a gold Honda Civic behind Kim headed southbound on Steve Reynolds Boulevard.  There were two other occupants in the vehicle, Janelle Roberson, 22 and Emma Foxx, 1.

“According to the preliminary investigation, Cindy Catalan-Ordonez (silver Mitsubishi Endeavor) crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the white Toyota Rav 4 head-on. The Toyota was pushed backward into the gold Honda Civic,” Gwinnett County public information officer Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a press release. “All the drivers and passengers (eight persons) were transported to a local hospital with varying levels of injuries. Unfortunately, Vincent Kim (age 8) and Kristin Kim (age 14) died as a result of their injuries. Though the loss of life in any traffic collision is terrible, it is especially heartbreaking when the death involves a child.  Our thoughts are with the Kim family as they cope with the loss of both children.”

Pihera said all the vehicles involved were impounded to Gwinnett County Police Department Headquarters for evidence processing.  She said it is possible that Cindy Catalan-Ordonez could face criminal charges.




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