Man, woman die in 2 motorcycle crashes in city

October 06, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man and a woman were killed yesterday in separate motorcycle accidents in the city, police said. Their names were withheld pending notification of relatives.

About 6:15 p.m., the drivers of two motorcycles and their passengers were headed north in the 1000 block of Harford Ave. in East Baltimore, when one vehicle hit the other from behind. The driver of the motorcycle that was hit, a 1997 Harley-Davidson Boattail, lost control and entered the southbound lane, where it was struck by an oncoming Cadillac, said Officer Richard McCarthy of the Accident Investigation Unit.

McCarthy said the driver and his female passenger were thrown from the motorcycle and that the woman, a resident of Arnold in Anne Arundel County, died at the scene. The driver was in critical but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night. The three occupants of the Cadillac were treated for minor injuries at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he said.

The second motorcycle crash occurred two hours later in Northwest Baltimore.

The victim, a young man, was among several motorcyclists driving south in the 4200 block of Wabash Ave. about 8:15 p.m. when, according to witnesses, he lost control of his 1998 Yamaha, skidded on the pavement and was thrown from the bike.

Police said the man bled to death.

Police said evidence indicated that the victim was traveling well above the posted 25-mph limit.

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