Advocate for motorcyclists is killed in crash

Martin Schultz, 44, dies in collision with SUV on Eastern Shore

September 01, 2006|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,sun reporter

The director of an advocacy group for motorcyclists was killed when a sport utility vehicle struck his motorcycle at an intersection on the Eastern Shore, Maryland State Police said yesterday.

Authorities said that Martin L. Schultz, 44, was riding his Harley-Davidson when it was hit on the right side and knocked into a telephone pole in Easton. The driver of the Jeep, Latasha R. Neal, 25, of Hurlock, was treated for minor injuries, authorities said.

Schultz, a Newcomb resident, was the director of A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE) of Maryland, a group that describes itself as the largest organization of motorcycle riders in the state. The group has advocated improving road conditions, minimal government intrusion into motorcycling and the overall protection of the rights of motorcyclists, according to its Internet site. The group has fought against a mandatory motorcycle helmet law, though the state has had one since 1992.

First Sgt. Russell Newell, a state police spokesman, said the accident is under investigation and that police have not determined whether Schultz was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. He said that Schultz's helmet was found a "short distance" from his body.

According to state police, the driver of the SUV stopped at a stop sign at Black Dog Alley and Route 309. The driver continued through the intersection and collided with Schultz, who at first attempted to avoid the vehicle, state police said.

Talbot County medics pronounced Schultz dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed, police said.

John Robinson, assistant director of the Maryland's ABATE chapter, said that Schultz regularly wore a helmet. He said the motorcyclist, who ran a flooring business, leaves behind a wife and a daughter. He said Schultz had been the director of the organization, which has several thousand members in the state, for more than two years.

"He was a good guy, a regular guy," Robinson said. "He's really going to be missed. He was passionate about anything that had to do with motorcycles. Anything."

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