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Md. man killed, passenger injured when Harley hits deer

August 10, 2008

HANCOCK - A Pasadena, Md., man died after the Harley-Davidson motorcycle that he and a woman were riding on Interstate 70 on Saturday afternoon struck a deer near Md. 615., east of Hancock, Maryland State Police said.

Steven Eckenrode, 58, was pronounced dead at the collision site on the eastbound lanes of the highway.

Karen Eckenrode, 45, of the same Pasadena, Md., address, was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where a hospital spokesman said Saturday night she was in critical condition.

State Police troopers responded to the accident at 4:45 p.m., and Trooper R.D. Pittman's investigation required the closure of one lane of the highway and that resulted in some congestion, police said.

The interstate also was closed for a brief amount of time to allow a helicopter to take Eckenrode to the trauma center, police said.

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Police said Steven Eckenrode was operating the motorcycle when the collision happened.

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