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Police say motorcyclist killed when truck crosses line

November 14, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

FREDERICK, Md. - A motorcyclist was killed Sunday after a vehicle being pursued by police crashed into him on south Md. 85 near Buckeystown, Md., the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

John Wayne Adkins, 28, of Middletown, Md., died at the scene after the 2002 Toyota truck, driven by a man fleeing from deputies, crashed into him, deputies said.

The truck was spotted driving erratically by a deputy about 3:20 p.m. The man was in the left turn lane at Crestwood Boulevard and drove straight onto Shockley Drive, almost striking another vehicle, deputies said.

The driver went onto Md. 85, driving south in the north lane of traffic and driving into oncoming traffic at a high rate, deputies said.

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When a deputy attempted to pull the man over, he fled south on Md. 85, passing through Buckeystown.

Near Paprika Court, the man drove into the north lane of traffic, where he crashed into Adkins' motorcycle, deputies said. After hitting the motorcycle, the left front tire of the man's truck was torn off, but he continued to drive on three wheels south on Md. 85, deputies said.

About one mile past Paprika Court, near Md. 85 and Adamstown Road, the man lost control of the truck and drove off the north shoulder of the road, crashing into an embankment, deputies said. The man refused to follow deputies' commands, and deputies broke the passenger side window of the truck to reach him.

U.S. Park Police Eagle No. 1 took the man, with police escort, to Maryland University Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment of his injuries from the crash, deputies said.

Police did not identify the driver of the Toyota.

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