Man charged in deadly fire after crashing into home

A Duluth man has been charged with murder after crashing a vehicle into a home in unincorporated Suwanee last month, resulting in a deadly fire. 

On January 21, a vehicle struck the side of a home in the 2900 block of Meadow Church Road around 5 a.m. The vehicle and home both caught fire after the crash. 

According to police, the driver fled the scene. 

Janet Keenan, 72, of Suwanee, was inside the home when it caught fire. She tried to escape but eventually went unconscious. Firefighters took Keenan to a local hospital, then later learned she died as a result of her injuries on Monday. 

The driver of the Toyota Camry that crashed into the home was identified as 24-year-old Ayron Poche, 24, of Duluth. 

Poche was arrested and initially charged with hit and run, serious injury by vehicle, duty upon striking an unattended vehicle, duty upon striking a fixture, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, duty to report an accident, expired license and driving without a valid license. 

Following Keenan's passing, Poche was charged with felony murder and criminal damage to property. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail.