Excessive speed led to fatal motorcycle accident, police...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

May 11, 2001

Excessive speed led to fatal motorcycle accident, police say

Excessive speed was blamed yesterday for the death of a man whose motorcycle slammed into the back of a car Wednesday night on Ritchie Highway in Arnold.

Bruce Donnell Watkins, 33, of the 500 block of Marc Road in Millersville was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after his 1998 Suzuki 750 ran into the rear of a 1993 Toyota Corolla being driven north on Ritchie near Joyce Lane.

The driver of the car, George Henry Sengelaub III, 43, of Arnold and his daughter, Krista, 9, were treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and released.

Witnesses told police that motorcycles had been racing on the strip of highway, and that it appeared Watkins had been racing with another motorcyclist. However, police said they have not been able to determine whether Watkins was racing before the crash, which closed the road for about three hours.

Police said alcohol was not suspected as a contributing factor, and noted that Watkins was wearing a helmet.

Gas main leak disrupts Ferndale neighborhood

Utility crews and county firefighters went door to door in a Ferndale neighborhood early yesterday, awakening residents and asking them to turn off their natural gas lines in the aftermath of a leak in a main.

A Comcast cable contractor ruptured a 3-inch gas main Wednesday afternoon, which prompted the evacuation of only two people but affected service to about 350 homes, officials said.

Firefighters were at the scene on Hollins Ferry Road until 4 a.m., assisting Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers in alerting residents to turn off gas lines and open-flame appliances so that the main could be restored to service.

New county police cruisers will be on display at expo

The new-look Anne Arundel police cruisers will be on display tomorrow at the annual county police expo at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.

The redesigned patrol cars, in navy and light blue, are being phased in as the department replaces its fleet.

Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the expo also will feature a bicycle patrol competition, helicopter display, SWAT team and K-9 demonstrations, police cruiser rides, safety information, a "Shoot, Don't Shoot" interactive display and prizes.

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