Motorcyclist who died in weekend crash was Fairfax Co. special education teacher

Fairfax County police have identified a man whose body was found near a motorcycle Friday afternoon.

A groundskeeper found the motorcycle wreckage and the body nearby, around 2 p.m., near the 4900 block of Alliance Drive.

Police identified the victim as 39-year-old Simon Chang, of Ashburn, Virginia.

Chang was a special education teacher and member of the boys basketball coaching staff at South Lakes High School in Reston.

“Mr. Chang was as a beloved member of the Seahawk family,” South Lakes High School Principal Kim Brophy Retzer wrote in a letter to the school community. “He will be remembered for his positivity and dedication to our staff and students. He will be greatly missed. We have been in contact with Mr. Chang’s family to offer our condolences and support.”

The investigation is ongoing but police said they believe Chang was riding from Lee Highway to northbound Fairfax County Parkway when the motorcycle veered off the right shoulder of the ramp. The motorcycle came to a stop in a wooded area next to a runoff pond.

There’s no evidence the crash involved other vehicles. Police have not determined if speed or alcohol led to the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Fairfax County police at 703-280-0543.

Below is a map of where the crash happened.

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