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Cyclist injured in Sharpsburg Pike crash

February 20, 2002

Cyclist injured in Sharpsburg Pike crash



By JULIE E. GREENE
julieg@herald-mail.com


A Sharpsburg man sustained a severe ankle injury Tuesday after he swerved his motorcycle to miss one car and struck another, according to Maryland State Police and witnesses.

When David Craig Mcgraw hit the 1995 Toyota Camry, he flew over the car, approximately 21 feet, then skidded about 12 feet on Sharpsburg Pike, Trooper 1st Class Chris Barnard said.

Mcgraw was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital on Tuesday night, a nursing supervisor said.

Mcgraw, 44, was northbound on Sharpsburg Pike around 11:30 a.m. when he swerved to miss a gray 1986 Ford Crown Victoria leaving the McDonald's and turning left in front of him onto Sharpsburg Pike, according to police and witnesses.

Instead of hitting the Crown Victoria, Mcgraw's motorcycle hit the Camry, which had stopped in the southbound left turn lane, police and witnesses said.

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"The guy on the motorcycle didn't really have much of a choice, either hit the car pulling out or swerve around," said Don Cutright, of Morgantown, W.Va.

Cutright said he saw the entire accident unfold in front of him as he waited at the Shell station to turn an M&S Trucking tractor-trailer onto Sharpsburg Pike.

Edward Zuckerman, 59, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was the driver in the red Camry that was hit head-on by the Kawasaki Vulcan.

The driver of the Crown Victoria, Terry Wayne Anderson, 43, of Centreville, Ill., said he drove away, but returned on his own to check on the motorcyclist.

The accident occurred in the middle of a busy three-lane state highway.

Anderson was cited with failure to yield the right of way entering a highway from a private driveway, police said.

"I stopped at the stop sign," Anderson said. "I didn't see him."

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