Lawrence Ogunnowo, 19, of Lawrenceville was the front-seat passenger in a 2005 Honda Accord that was southbound on I-575 about 2 a.m. Friday when it veered drastically to the right and crashed, killing him, police said.
Investigators believe the driver, Herve Hanyurwimfura, 21, of Roswell, lost control at the Chastain Road exit ramp and the car went down into the ravine and crashed into trees on the west side of the interstate, police said. The car partially overturned.
Police said that Hanyurwimfura and two other passengers, Franklyn Isibor, 22, of Roswell, and Thierry Damon Hart, 21, of Wilmington, N.C., were all taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A WellStar spokesperson said Friday afternoon that the health system had no information on those individuals.
Hanyurwimfura, who was still at Kennestone Friday night, will be transported to Cobb Jail when released and is charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, DUI, speeding, failure to maintain lane, having no tag and wearing no seatbelt, police said.
Witnesses at the scene told police the car was speeding before the crash, Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said. Investigators can be reached at (770) 499-3987.
Ogunnowo was a sophomore majoring in finance, Kennesaw State University leaders said in a statement Friday.
"He was a bright student who was extremely active and well liked by his fellow students, faculty and staff," said Jerome Ratchford, KSU's vice president for student success. Ogunnowo was involved in KSU's student government association and the African-American Student Alliance, among other student groups.
Isibor is a current KSU student, and Hart had been enrolled there in fall 2010, according to the statement. The driver was not a KSU student.