Motorcyclist killed in parking lot crash in Howard County

Mechanical malfunction may have contributed, police say

March 01, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A motorcyclist died when he struck the back of a pickup truck after losing control of the bike in a Jessup parking lot Tuesday, Howard County police said.

Police said a mechanical malfunction possibly caused the motorcyclist to lose control, causing him to hit a curb and strike the back of a pickup truck at about 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Frank's Seafood in the 7900 block of Oceano Avenue.

The driver of the KTM SMR 525 Enduro was pronounced dead at the scene and has not been identified because of pending family notification. Police said he was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the 2007 GMC pickup truck, Timothy Mark Sughrue, 54, of Centreville, was not injured.

Police said Sughrue could not have avoided the crash.

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