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Teen charged in car surfing wreck

Dawsonville girl killed in June crash

POSTED: November 15, 2013 9:34 a.m.

Charges have been filed against the teen driver in the fatal car surfing wreck that killed a Dawson County teen in June.

The 16-year-old from Cumming, whose name has not been released because she is a juvenile, was charged with felony first-degree homicide by vehicle, reckless driving and too fast for conditions, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

She was also charged with driving in violation of license restrictions. Only immediate family may be passengers in the vehicle for the initial six-month period immediately following the issuance of a Class D license to 16-year-old drivers.

"The driver had only been 16 for three months," said Robin Stone, a spokeswoman with state patrol.

The charges were filed on Dawson County Juvenile Court on Wednesday.

Anna Hawkins, 16, who authorities said was car surfing when the driver of a Suzuki Grand Vitara lost control in a curve on Couch Road in Dawsonville the night of June 10, was killed when she fell from atop the vehicle.

Hawkins' family has disputed the claim that she was car surfing, a dangerous practice often depicted in movies and on TV that involves standing on the hood or roof of a moving vehicle.

Trooper First Class Mark Cox said evidence was collected that "places her on the vehicle. We can definitely place her on the vehicle."

Days after the wreck older sister Kati Hawkins said she believed, based on talking to witnesses and going over the state patrol's markings that identify where the SUV went off the roadway, her sister was not on top of the vehicle.

"There are just so many unanswered questions, and it's not fair to Anna that these things can be said about her when she is not here to defend herself," she said. "The whole thing is inconclusive."

In response to the family's belief that the victim fell from inside the SUV, Cox said, "there is no evidence whatsoever that the door came open."

Cox said he has interviewed one the witnesses the Hawkins family referenced, but determined the man's statements were not credible.

"He said there was a street light that illuminated the roadway that night that allowed him to see, but I went out there ... at about the same time and it was pitch dark," he said.

Described as a friend to everyone who went out of her way to make others feel loved, Anna Hawkins was a rising junior at Dawson County High School where she excelled both academically and on the soccer field.

"She was good at everything she did. She could sing, she was great at sports, she was so smart, she read all the time," Kati Hawkins said. "She was very level-headed and very down to earth. The first mistake she ever made was being in that car."

The wreck marked the county's fourth traffic fatality of 2013 and the fifth death on Dawson County roads.

 

 

 

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