Bay Bridge motorcycle crash kills Annapolis woman, 29

September 10, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A woman was killed when the motorcycle she was riding on collided with a boat trailer east of the Bay Bridge on Saturday night, police said.

The accident caused the closure of both sides of the bridge, backing up traffic for miles.

About 7:30 p.m., the driver of a motorcycle on which Laura Kristine Rindfuss, 29, of Annapolis was riding attempted to merge from the right shoulder onto westbound Route 50 before the bridge.

The motorcycle struck a boat being towed by a Dodge truck, and the driver lost control of the motorcycle. Rindfuss was thrown from the motorcycle and struck by another truck, said Cpl. Gregory Prioleau, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Authority Police. The name of the driver, whose injuries were not life-threatening, has not been released.

Rindfuss and the driver were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about 9 p.m. Although they were taken there by ambulance, a MedEvac helicopter landed at the scene, forcing the bridge to close.

The eastbound lanes were closed until about 8:10 p.m., causing traffic to back up about a mile. The westbound lanes were closed until 9:40 p.m., backing up traffic about five miles.

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