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Motorcyclist, 28, dies in crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 28-year-old motorcyclist from Lilburn died in a collision early Saturday, marking the second fatal motorcycle crash in Gwinnett this weekend, police said.

Stephan Ash died at the scene of a 5 a.m. collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 29 and Bethesda School Road in Lawrenceville, police said.

Witnesses said Ash was speeding on his 1996 Honda motorcycle, heading south on U.S. Highway 29, when he attempted to cross the intersection illegally and collided with a 2000 GMC Jimmy driven by Adam Mercer, 30, of Duluth, according to police.

Mercer, who was headed east through a green light on Bethesda School Road, was not injured, police said.

Cpl. David Schiralli, Gwinnett police spokesman, said an investigation is ongoing and charges could be pending. Ash appears to have been at fault, he said.

Another motorcyclist, a man in his 30s who has not been identified, died 14 hours prior to the crash that killed Ash.

The earlier fatal incident happened Friday afternoon on Ronald Reagan Parkway near U.S. Highway 29 when the man lost control of his Suzuki motorcycle and slammed into a guardrail, police said.

The man died at the scene.