BOONSBORO — A father of four who died after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck Monday morning on Md. 66 near Beaver Creek began riding the motorcycle to save on gas, his wife said Tuesday.
Rodger D. "Dwayne" Singleton, 33, of Boonsboro, rode the motorcycle because it used less gas than his truck, Dawn Singleton said.
The move was important for family finances, she said Tuesday afternoon.
"We got four kids to feed," said Singleton, adding that her husband had been riding a motorcycle for about seven months.
Rodger Singleton worked for the past four years as a welder for Pressure-Tech in Greencastle, Pa., and was on his way to work Monday morning when the accident occurred, his wife said.
Singleton's stepfather, Walter Wolford, said Tuesday that he used to ride a motorcycle but stopped after his brother-in-law was killed in a motorcycle crash in Cearfoss.
"I didn't even realize (Rodger) had a motorcycle," Wolford said.
Singleton became interested in welding and studied the trade at Washington County Technical High School, where he graduated in 1995, according to his mother, Catherine Wolford.
Singleton grew up in Hagerstown and enjoying racing muscle cars at Mason-Dixon Dragway, according to his wife and his mother.
Singleton raced cars at the dragway since he and Dawn started dating in 1994, and he won a few competitions, his wife said.
"He did a lot of street racing back in the day, which we shouldn't have been doing," Dawn Singleton said.
Singleton enjoyed fishing and took his son, Kyle, to the Potomac River every week, his wife said.
The family recently traveled to Maryland's Eastern Shore for fast-pitch softball tournaments in which their daughters, Brooke and Rebekah, played. He also is survived by a son, Richard.
Maryland State Police said Singleton was riding a 1991 Honda motorcycle north on Md. 66 (Mapleville Road) at about 5:30 a.m., when he collided with a 2007 Ford pickup that pulled into his path.
Police said that the driver of the pickup, Michael Ryan Warner, 23, of Monrovia, Md., was trying to turn left onto Interstate 70 from the southbound lane of Md. 66.
Warner was not injured. He was charged with negligent driving and failure to yield the right of way, police said.