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Police briefs

May 31, 2010

Md. man being treated after crashing cycle



SMITHSBURG - An Olney, Md., man was being treated at Washington County Hospital on Monday afternoon after he was thrown from a motorcycle on Foxville Road, according to Maryland State Police and a hospital spokeswoman.

Steven Braswell was traveling east on Foxville Road, also known as Md. 77, when he apparently lost control of the motorcycle on a sharp turn, state police said.

Braswell was thrown from the motorcycle into a wooded area, sustaining multiple injuries, police said.

The accident was reported at 1:29 p.m. Monday and occurred at a sharp curve off Md. 64 and east of Wolfsville Road, according to Washington County Emergency Services and state police.

Md. 77 was closed in both directions for about 45 minutes, police said.

Kayaker rescued from Potomac River



BRUNSWICK, Md. -- A kayaker was rescued from the Potomac River on Monday morning, according to Frederick County (Md.) Emergency Services.

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The rescue operation was deployed at 10:22 a.m. Monday for a kayaker in distress on the river near the Brunswick campground, a 911 dispatcher said.

The kayaker was OK and was not taken to a hospital, the dispatcher said. Authorities cleared the scene at 11:38 a.m. Monday.

Passenger taken to hospital after Chevy van rolled over four times



A Chevy van rolled over four times in the Interstate 70 median on Sunday afternoon after the driver overcorrected when trying to get back in his lane, Maryland State Police said.

The accident was reported at 1:39 p.m. Sunday on westbound I-70 near the Frederick County line, coming down the mountain toward Hagerstown, according to Washington County Emergency Services.

The van's passenger, Carlos Perez, 43, of Montgomery Village, Md., was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was discharged Sunday from the emergency department, according to Trooper James Bowers and a hospital spokeswoman.

The driver, Bagalwa Kayeye, 47, of Gaithersburg, Md., was charged with negligent driving, Bowers said.

The 2003 Chevy van was heading west down the mountain in the right lane when the driver tried to change into the left lane, not seeing the traffic, Bowers said.

The driver overcorrected to the right and lost control, Bowers said. The van shot across the left lane, missing vehicles and went into the median where it rolled over four times, Bowers said.

Both men were wearing seat belts, Bowers said. The driver refused medical treatment at the scene, he said.

The left westbound lane was closed for about 45 minutes as the accident was cleaned up, Bowers said.

-- Julie E. Greene

Bicyclist remains in critical condition



A Hagerstown man who was injured when his bicycle collided with a vehicle near North Hagerstown High School Saturday remained in critical condition Sunday at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Christopher William Smith, 35, of 976 A Saint Clair St. was taken to Washington County Hospital before being flown to the shock trauma center, according to a release from Hagerstown Police.

An investigation showed that Smith was riding his bicycle in the parking lot of North Hagerstown High School at about 11:25 a.m. on Saturday.

It showed that he attempted to make a left-hand turn and ran into a passing sport-utility vehicle.

Police said Smith, who was not wearing a helmet, struck his head on the pavement.

Police investigating armed home invasion



FREDERICK, Md. - Authorities are investigating an armed home invasion that occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of S. Everly Drive in Frederick, according to a press release from the Frederick Police Department.

The release said the robbers forced their way into the home, assaulted and threatened the residents at gunpoint and stole cash and personal items. The victims were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The robbers were described by police only as several black males.

The robbers fled in a vehicle at a high rate of speed, police said.

Anyone with information may contact Sgt. J.P. Hayer at 301-600-1265.

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