Baltimore County police are investigating two crashes that killed three people early Thursday morning.
A 25-year-old Owings Mills man and his 22-year-old female passenger were pronounced dead after what police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher described as a violent crash in Upperco.
According to police, Aaron Michael Manko was driving a 2007 Scion TC at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle after it crested a hill on Hanover Pike south of Fifth Avenue about 1:40 a.m.
The car crossed the center line, left the road and traveled over a grassy area before striking a utility pole. It then hit a fence and a tree before the car split in half. Manko, of the 11000 block of Park Heights Ave., was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. His passenger, Kathryn Randall Grubby of Aldyth Avenue in Reisterstown, was wearing her seat beat, police said. The two sections of the car were several yards apart when they came to rest.
Police also responded to a fatal motorcycle crash at 12:28 a.m. at York and Bentley roads in Parkton, said Rogers-Feher.
Zakry John Foster, 26, of the 1100 block of Mount Carmel Road was driving a 2009 Harley south on York Road when he made a U-turn at Bentley, Rogers-Feher said.
Charles William Wood was following him in a 2000 Chevy 3500 and swerved but hit the motorcyclist on the left side, the spokeswoman said.
Foster, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical crews, she said.
Wood sideswiped a pole, hit an embankment and flipped his vehicle. The 26-year-old, a resident of the 1000 block of Wiseburg Road, was taken to York Hospital in serious condition, Rogers-Feher said.
He was charged with driving under the influence, the spokeswoman said.