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Hagerstown woman dies after motorcycle struck by van on Halfway Boulevard

October 22, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • A van ran into a motorcycle stopped at a red light at the intersection of Halfway and Massey boulevards Sunday night.
By Dave McMillion, Staff Writer

It could be up to two months before police complete an investigation into a Sunday night crash on Halfway Boulevard in which a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was struck by a van, resulting in the death of one of the motorcycle passengers, Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said.

Mullendore said it appears that Charles Carroll Zulauf, 69, of Hagerstown, did not see the motorcycle as he was approaching the intersection of Halfway and Massey boulevards.

Zulauf, who was eastbound on Halfway Boulevard, hit the motorcycle and pushed it about 100 feet, Mullendore said.

The passengers on the motorcycle, Terry Eugene Miller, 58, and his wife Susan K. Miller, 55, were laying in the roadway when authorities arrived, Mullendore said.

The Millers were taken to Meritus Medical Center after the crash, which was reported at 8:09 p.m., and Susan Miller was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

Mullendore said Monday afternoon that he believed Terry Miller was in critical condition at the hospital.

“He doesn’t remember anything about the accident, Mullendore said.

Terry Miller, the driver of the motorcycle, and his wife were also eastbound on Halfway Boulevard and were stopped in one of two straight lanes at the intersection, Mullendore said.

There are also two left turn lanes at the intersection and one right turn lane.

Mullendore said police have talked to Zulauf about the accident but Mullendore declined to go into detail about what Zulauf said while an investigation is still underway.

The Millers lived on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown and Mullendore said he believes they might have been returning home.

An accident reconstructionist team is investigating the accident and that work might take up to two months to complete, Mullendore said.

Among the team’s work will be conducting a “drag test” to determine how fast Zulauf was traveling, Mullendore said.

“It’s pretty complicated,” Mullendore said.

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