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UPDATE 09:27pm 06/16/2011: The Annapolis Police Department just released the following statement.
On June 16th at approximately 1:10 a.m. an officer initiated a traffic stop of a motorcycle, for several traffic violations, at the intersection of Compromise St and Duke of Gloucester. As the officer approached the motorcycle on foot the motorcycle operator chose to drive away at a high rate of speed. The officer did not begin a pursuit but instead requested adjacent police agencies be notified of the fleeing motorcycle. The officer saw the operator turn on King George St. and went in that direction. As the officer headed from the downtown area on King George St. he came upon the motorcycle accident with the Department of Defense Police Department already on the scene.
The Annapolis Police Department is conducting a routine examination of this incident. “It is unfortunate that a the motorcycle operator decided to flee from the police. His actions cost him and his passenger their lives, Chief Michael Pristoop said. “Our preliminary investigation shows the officer was within policy and exercised prudence and good judgment. My thoughts are with the families of both victims in this tragedy.”
The Department of Defense Police Department is leading the investigation with the help of the Maryland State Police.
The Annapolis Police Department has not released any details on the motorcycle crash that took the lives of two young adults early this morning, however sources close to the family have contacted Eye On Annapolis. From family members and witnesses who spoke to us it seems that the crash came after the operator of the motorcycle sped away from the police who were attempting to make a traffic stop.
The two victims (names currently being withheld by Eye On Annapolis) graduated high school in 2009. The male graduated from the Severn School and the female from Severna Park High School. Currently they were enrolled at Randolf-Macon College and Towson University respectively.
The pair left the Downtown area of Annapolis when the operator of the motorcycle offered the woman a ride and the sole helmet. The Annapolis police initially tried to stop the motorcycle but when the motorcycle sped away, they did not pursue it. As the cycle was traveling down King George Street, it hit a dip in the road, lost control and crashed into a fence near the US Naval Academy baseball stadium. Both passengers were ejected and died instantly.
Without a police report, it is unknown if alcohol was involved.
We have contacted the Annapolis Police Department for additional information but have not yet received a response. As soon as we do, we will update this post.