Crash kills Carroll motorcyclist

State police say car crossed center line

July 24, 2008|By RICHARD IRWIN

A 20-year-old Carroll County man died yesterday morning, several hours after the motorcycle he was riding was struck head-on by a car that crossed a double yellow line in Westminster, state police said.

Police said George Walter Clingan, 80, of the 5000 block of Harney Road in Taneytown was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Lumina south on Taneytown Pike near Hughes Shop Road about 10 p.m. Tuesday when he crossed the double yellow line and crashed into a northbound 2008 Buell motorcycle driven by Benjamin Alden Sochrin of the 2500 block of Old Taneytown Road in Westminster.

Police said Sochrin was flown by a state police helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died about 10 a.m. yesterday.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of incorrect information supplied by Maryland State Police, an article in yesterday's Maryland section incorrectly reported that a 20-year-old Carroll County man who had been in an accident on a motorcycle died Wednesday morning. Benjamin Alden Sochrin was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Police said Clingan was taken by ambulance to Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, where he was treated for injuries and released.

A passenger in the Chevrolet, Jane Louise Clingan, 43, was also taken by ambulance to the hospital and was released after treatment.

Police did not know her relationship to the driver.

The accident remains under investigation.

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