On Monday, September 9, 2013 at approximately 10:39 a.m., a 2007 Honda RR1000 motorcycle was traveling south on I-97, north of Crownsville Road at a high rate of speed when it passed a marked Anne Arundel County patrol car.
The officer in the patrol car turned on his emergency lights to stop the motorcycle, which slowed and began to pull to the shoulder. Before coming to a stop, the motorcycle accelerated in an effort to flee. At that time, the officer in the patrol car turned off his emergency lights and made no attempt to follow the vehicle.
Though he was not being followed, the operator of the motorcycle continued to flee at a high rate of speed. In the process, he passed another marked Anne Arundel patrol car that was traveling south on I-97, south of Crownsville Road. Shortly after passing the second patrol car, the motorcycle, estimated to be traveling around 120 miles per hour, was unable to negotiate the curve, drove off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment, several small trees and finally the guardrail. The motorcycle came to rest in the grass approximately 15 feet from the road edge with the driver approximately 30 feet away against the guardrail. The motorcycle traveled more than 700 feet from point where it left the roadway to where it came to rest.
The operator was transported to Shock Trauma with serious injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed and driver error on the part of the motorcycle operator as contributing factors in the crash.