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Boonsboro grad dies in motorcycle accident

August 24, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

SHARPSBURG - A 2005 Boonsboro High School graduate was killed Wednesday morning when his motorcycle struck a Ford Escort on Sharpsburg Pike at Bakersville Road, Maryland State Police said.

Ryan Kelly Moore, 19, of 3129 Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene of the reported 8:29 a.m. accident, according to a state police written release.

Moore graduated from Boonsboro High School in 2005, assistant principal Jim Moore said. He was "a nice kid, respectful, polite," said Moore, who came to the school the previous fall from a job on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Ryan Moore has two younger siblings, including one who attends the high school, the assistant principal said. According to the assistant principal, Moore left an indelible impression during graduation when he made a beeline from the podium to shake the hands of the principal and assistant principals.

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"He broke away, he veered from what the norm was, and he made a conscious effort to shake hands and let us know that he appreciated our efforts on his behalf. That stuck with me," Moore said.

Police said Ryan Moore was riding a 2006 Yamaha R6 motorcycle north on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65), about 1/2 mile south of the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, when he drove into the southbound lane in an attempt to pass two cars ahead of him.

One of those cars, a red 2003 Ford Escort, was making a left turn onto Bakersville Road at the same time, according to the release.

Moore struck the Ford Escort on its driver's side, throwing him off the motorcycle and onto the shoulder of Sharpsburg Pike at its intersection with Bakersville Road.

The car headed up an embankment at the roads' intersection and the motorcycle headed into a wooded area.

The driver of the Ford Escort, Connie Christine Tritapoe of Sharpsburg, and her passenger, Benjamin Carl Theevus of Sharpsburg, were taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, the release states.

Tritapoe, 39, was not wearing her seat belt, but Theevus was wearing his, police said.

Tritapoe and Theevus were not listed in Washington County Hospital records, a nursing supervisor said Wednesday night.

Moore's body was covered with a blanket until about 10:30 a.m. Maryland State Police Lt. Gregory Johnston said the forensic investigator who pronounced Moore dead had to find someone to take the body from the scene.

Kerfoot Livery Service, which provided a body-collection service in the county for 38 years, ended its service July 31, The Herald-Mail has reported.

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