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Single car accident kills driver, interrupts school

A 23-year-old driver missed a turn, less than two tenths of a mile from his home, and went off the right side of the roadway on Mt. Zion Road, Clayton County Police said.

The driver, Lorenzo Zapil Chojolan, then over corrected, swerving his 1993 Acura Integra back onto the road and across the road, crashing into a power pole, at about 5 a.m., Friday, according to Officer Tonya Stoyka's accident report.

The impact, from the red car, broke the pole into three pieces, dropping power lines on the road and killing Chojolan.

According to the accident report, Chojolan, of Stockbridge, did not have a drivers' license. He was apparently leaving home at the time of the accident.

A passenger, unnamed in the police reports, complained to paramedics about back pain.

The accident knocked out power to about 1,000 homes, spokesman Capt. Greg Dickens said, and blocked school buses from Mt. Zion Elementary School.

Clayton County School System Spokesman Charles White said the school was closed, for the morning, and the students were relocated to Mt. Zion High School.

"All students are being served breakfast and instruction is taking place," White said, in an e-mail.

The road was cleared of fallen lines at about 10 a.m., and power was scheduled to be back on, Friday afternoon. Students ended the day at the elementary school.

- Daniel Silliman and Curt Yeomans