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Man is in critical condition after crash

August 15, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 52-year-old Hagerstown man was seriously injured Monday morning when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a van turning into McDonald's on Sharpsburg Pike, Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class B. Smith said.

Gerald Albert Volz, of 9545 Garis Shop Road, was driving a 1985 Honda Shadow north on Sharpsburg Pike, north of the Motor Vehicle Administration, when a white 2004 Chevrolet van changed lanes into his path at about 11:30 a.m., according to a written release from the state police.

The driver of the van, Kevin Eric Powell, 45, of 2219 Penrose Ave. in Baltimore, was charged with unsafe lane change.

Smith said Powell indicated he would turn left, but changed to the right and into Volz's path.

Volz was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, the release states. He was later transfered to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, where a house manager said he was in critical condition Monday night.

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Smith said Volz has a "serious leg injury."

Neither Powell nor his passenger, Cassandra Anne Young, 41, were injured, according to the release.

Traffic on Sharpsburg Pike crawled as troopers took pictures of the vehicles; the van stopped diagonally, a large dent in its right front quarter panel and the motorcycle lying on its side in the grass, just off a curb to the fast-food restaurant.

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