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15-year-old killed in car crash
Wreck happened on Atlanta Highway
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A family speaks with an officer at the scene of a wreck on Atlanta Highway across from Chicopee Mills on Thursday. Traffic was temporarily diverted off Atlanta Highway around the one-vehicle accident. Georgia State Patrol said 15-year-old Alfredo Juarez died in the accident. - photo by Erin O. Smith

A 15-year-old Gainesville boy died Thursday night after the car he was riding in traveled off the road and struck a tree, Georgia State Patrol said.

Alfredo Juarez died Thursday night after a crash on Atlanta Highway near Chicopee Baptist Church as the passenger in a 1998 Honda Civic headed northbound.

Georgia State Patrol said the driver Marco A. Cruz, 19, of Gainesville lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the right side of the road. The vehicle then hit a construction barrel.

“(The Honda) rotated counterclockwise and struck a tree with the right passenger side door on (the Honda),” Cpl. Dallas Van Scoten wrote in an email.

Cruz suffered minor injuries, GSP said, and charges are pending further review.