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Motorcyclist dies in crash during "speed contest" in Frederick County

Posted at 9:19 AM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 09:19:48-04

FREDERICK, Md. — A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he lost control while speeding with other vehicles on I-70 Monday night in Frederick County, Maryland State Police said.

Police received a report of a crash on westbound I-70, east of the Exit 62/Route 75, at about 7:50 p.m. Police arrived to find that a 2004 Harley Davidson ridden by Michael Curtis, of Mt. Airy, was traveling on the highway when Curtis lost control for an unknown reason and laid the bike on its side, causing him to slide across the roadway, police said.

Curtis and the bike slid into the guardrail, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crash investigators said Curtis had been involved in a “speed contest traveling westbound on Interstate 70 with at least two other vehicles.” The drivers of the other vehicles were located in the vicinity and were brought to the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack for questioning. Independent witnesses were also identified by police.

The Frederick County Office of the State’s Attorney was made aware of the crash and the investigation and will review the findings. Anyone with additional information should contact State Police Cp. James Lantz at 410-780-2717.