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Pedestrian, motorcyclist suffer life-threatening injuries in separate Anne Arundel County crashes

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 11:35:39-04

MILLERSVILLE, Md. — On Saturday night, a 21-year-old motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after losing control of his bike and wiping out in Glen Burnie, and a 32-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a sedan in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County Police said.

Officers responded to the crash on Maryland Route 10, near the area of Marley Station Road, in Glen Burnie at about 12:12 p.m. A 2014 Honda motorcycle driven by Richard Nicholson Jr., of Garrett Road in Glen Burnie, was riding north on MD-10 when he lost control of his bike for an unknown reason and “laid the motorcycle down,” police said. Nicholson became separated from his motorcycle, with the Honda careening across the shoulder of the road, striking a guardrail. Nicholson slid across the shoulder and into the grass near the guardrail.

Nicholson was taken to an area trauma center with life-threatening injuries, police said. The initial cause of the accident seems to be the motorcycle failing to stay in a single lane of traffic. Speed and alcohol do not appear to have contributed.

Later Saturday, police responded to a reported pedestrian-involved crash at 8:43 p.m. on Solomons Island Road, north of Colony Crossing, in Edgewater.

An initial investigation showed a 2000 Acute TL sedan driven by 60-year-old Kathryn Green, of Friendship, was heading north on Solomons Island Road when she struck Charles Leapley, of Harwood, as he tried to cross the street. Police said Leapley was wearing dark clothing and crossed in an area with no street lights or ambient lighting. He was walking from west to east across the road and was in the northbound lane of traffic when he was struck.

Leapley was transported via Maryland State Police medevac to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries, police said. Green was not injured.

Police believe the cause of the accident was “pedestrian error,” and that excessive speed was not a factor in the crash.

The Anne Arundel County Police’s Traffic Safety Section is investigating both incidents, and their findings will be reviewed by the State’s Attorney.