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Police are investigating a fatal accident that left a motorcyclist dead Sunday night near Hopkins Elementary School.

Gwinnett County police are investigating an accident that occurred Sunday night near Lilburn and left the driver of a motorcycle dead.

Officials said officers were dispatched to a traffic accident involving a motorcycle on Dickens Road near Pepperwood Trail near Hopkins Elementary School in unincorporated Lilburn at around 9 p.m. Sunday night.

The driver of the motorcycle was Josa Then-Valenzuela, 27 of Lawrenceville. He was ejected off his motorcycle after striking a Toyota Rav4 head-on. Investigators say he died as a result of his injuries.

The occupants of the Rav4 were not injured. Both vehicles were impounded to Gwinnett County Police Department Headquarters for further analysis.

Investigators said Then-Valenzuela was traveling westbound on Dickens Road passing in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed. As he crossed into oncoming traffic, he struck a blue Toyota Rav4.

The driver of the Rav4 had one additional occupant inside the vehicle. The driver was turning left off Pepperwood Trail onto Dickens Road when the collision occurred.

Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories in the county he grew up in.

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