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Motorcyclist killed in crash after running through checkpoint

POSTED: December 3, 2012 3:37 p.m.

A Lawrenceville man was killed Friday night on Old Hog Mountain Road in South Hall County after speeding through a Georgia State Patrol checkpoint and crashing his motorcycle, state patrol officials said.

Joshua Clark, 29, was driving a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle when he came to the checkpoint at Old Hog Mountain and Wade Orr Road, according to the state patrol.

Sgt. G.R. Harper said Clark briefly slowed down but then accelerated past the checkpoint, and at about 9:50 p.m. he crossed the center line and struck a 2005 Mazda hatchback.

Patricia Ann Oropeza, 56, of Buford and her son Joseph Oropeza, 12, were in the Mazda and not seriously injured. Clark was dead at the scene.

“He almost hit us as he was going through (the checkpoint),” Harper said.

“And just north of our location he crossed the line and hit that Mazda in the right front side ... He was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed.”

Harper said troopers were heading after Clark but that he was going so fast he likely had crashed by the time troopers got to their vehicles.

“He was so far ahead of us we never regained sight of the motorcycle ... there was no pursuit,” Harper said.

Another motorcyclist traveling with Clark did stop for the checkpoint and was arrested for DUI, Harper said.


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