Arnold man, 29, dies in collision of motorcycle, 2 other vehicles

Witnesses say victim was traveling at high speed


An Arnold man was killed Saturday afternoon when his Suzuki motorcycle collided with two other vehicles on Ritchie Highway, Anne Arundel County police said.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Curtis Leon Jones Jr., 29, was traveling north with several other motorcyclists on the highway near the intersection with Cypress Creek Road. Several witnesses told police they saw the motorcycles traveling at high speeds and swerving in and out of the two traffic lanes.

Police said Jones swerved across the median to avoid a car attempting to change lanes. After crossing the median, he headed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Honda Accord driven by Wayne Gruehn, also of Arnold. The collision tossed Jones over the Honda and into a Jeep Cherokee behind it. The driver of the Jeep ran over the victim before coming to a stop 300 feet from the area of impact.

Jones, a resident of the 800 block of Mago Vista Road, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

County police said investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash.

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