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Motorcycle deaths shut down I-70

July 18, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Two men died Sunday afternoon in separate motorcycle accidents after losing control on curves in Washington and Frederick counties.

Maurice Duray Dickson, 28, of 248 Frederick St., Hagerstown, was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 in Washington County when his motorcycle hit two cars, according to Maryland State Police.

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Just two hours later, Christopher Lee Dorsey, 20, of Rocky Ridge, Md., died after failing to negotiate a curve while traveling north on Kelbaugh Road in Emmitsburg, Md., according to Sgt. John R. Williams of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Police said Dickson was riding a 1993 Suzuki Katana motorcycle west on I-70 east of Interstate 81 in the right lane. He lost control on a curve around 2:12 p.m., police said.

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Witnesses told police Dickson was driving at high speed, Sexton said. The victim was driving under a suspended/revoked license, police said.

The motorcycle passed through the center median, entering the right lane of eastbound I-70 just east of the bridge over the North & Western Railroad tracks, police said.

It sideswiped a 1995 Chevrolet Impala driven by Don Thomas Harding, 39, of 527 Patricia Court, Odenton, Md.

Dickson continued the wrong way in the eastbound right lane and hit a 1989 Dodge Ram head-on, police said. The truck was driven by Steven Grinder, 36, of 17556 Wheat Fall Drive, Derwood, Md.

The victim was ejected and found 10 to 15 feet from his motorcycle, according to Alan Matheny, spokesman for the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway. He was wearing a helmet, he said.

Grinder lost control of his van after running over the motorcycle and hit the guardrail on the right side of the road, police said.

He was treated and released from the Washington County Hospital, police said.

Harding was not injured.

Both were wearing seat belts, police said.

The eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for more than an hour as a result of the accident, police said.

Twenty fire and rescue workers from Halfway, Williamsport and Williamsport were called to the accident.

In the second accident, Dorsey was riding a Yamaha motorcycle in the 16000 block of Kelbaugh Road when he crossed the shoulder, struck a culvert and rolled over before stopping, Williams said.

The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the 3:52 p.m. crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams said Dorsey did not have the proper driver's license to ride a motorcycle.

Drugs and alcohol did not cause the accident, said Williams.

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