Moped rider, 71, seriously hurt in collision

November 10, 1994

A Glen Burnie man was in serious but stable condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center yesterday, recovering from head injuries he received Tuesday morning when his moped crashed into a car on Ritchie Highway, authorities said.

Robert Charles Grail, 71, of the 7400 block of Furnace Branch Road was initially taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was released to the medical center shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, a spokesman for Shock Trauma said.

Mr. Grail had been riding his 1990 Jawa moped north on Ritchie Highway in front of the Motor Vehicle Administration building shortly after 11:30 a.m. He was in the far right lane when the driver of a southbound 1977 Buick sedan tried to make a left turn into the MVA complex.

The Buick, driven by Wilfred F. Shelton, 81, of the 6400 block of Washington Ave., Glen Burnie, drove into Mr. Grail's path, police said. Mr. Grail was thrown to the ground after hitting the car's passenger side. Both men had a green light. Mr. Grail was not wearing a helmet, police said.

The accident is being investigated.

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