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Man, 18, killed when motorcycle, car collide

August 23, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

SHARPSBURG - An 18-year-old Sharpsburg man was killed today when his motorcycle collided with a passenger car on Sharpsburg Pike at Bakersville Road, Maryland State Police said this morning.

Police were withholding the man's name as of press time.

Maryland State Police and Maryland State Highway Administration officials were investigating the accident.

According to State Police Cpl. Todd Weaver, the man was riding motorcycle northbound on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65) at about 8:30 this morning. He was passing other vehicles on the left, and apparently didn't notice a red passenger car making a left-hand turn onto Bakersville Road.

The motorcycle struck the car as it was turning left and the man was thrown off the motorcycle, Weaver said.

The car landed on an embankment off Bakersville Road and the motorcycle landed on brushy area above it. At 10:30 a.m., the motorcyclist's body was lying near the accident scene, covered with a blanket.

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At about 10 a.m. a woman arrived screaming and crying and hugged another woman already at the scene. Shortly afterward, a young woman arrived with a few others, looked in the direction of the man's body and began screaming "No!" repeatedly until she collapsed on the street. State troopers escorted the young woman over to where a group of people, apparently family and friends, were congregating.

Ray Russell, who lives at 7103 Sharpsburg Pike, said "I heard it. It wasn't really all that loud, but it was certainly catastrophic."

"I think it demonstrates the vulnerability of anyone on a motorcycle," he said.

Russell said there were two occupants in the red passenger car. He said the motorcyclist's helmet was a short distance away from the body. The visor was fractured.

Traffic slowed around the accident scene as police and highway officials continued their investigation.

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