Correctional officer hurt in motorcycle-car crash on Sharpsburg Pike

John Ryan Winger was taken to Meritus Medical Center to be treated for leg injuries

February 02, 2012
  • Maryland State Police and the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. were among those at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning at the intersection of Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65) and Rockland Drive.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

A correctional officer was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after the motorcycle he was riding on Sharpsburg Pike collided with a vehicle that pulled into his path, authorities said.

John Ryan Winger, 39, of Hagerstown, who works at the state prison complex south of the city, was taken to Meritus Medical Center to be treated for leg injuries, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.

Meritus Medical Center, located east of Hagerstown, no longer releases the conditions of patients.

Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Thursday in an email that he heard Winger was doing “OK.”

“John is a good guy and a valuable employee,” Vernarelli said. “He’s a (correctional officer II) who’s an IT specialist and wears a number of hats for us. He’s been with DPSCS for 17 years and is assigned to (Maryland Correctional Institution).”


Troopers said Winger was riding south on Sharpsburg Pike, or Md. 65, shortly after 7 a.m. when a Honda Accord attempted to make a left turn into the northbound lane from Rockland Drive. Winger was thrown from the motorcycle in the subsequent collision.

Police said that the driver of the Honda, Danielle Elizabeth Brown, 26, of Hagerstown was uninjured.

Brown was cited for failure to yield the right of way, the release said.

— Dan Dearth

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