Motorcyclist dies in crash with SUV

Motorcyclist dies in crash with SUV

There are 125 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 20, 2008, titled Motorcyclist dies in crash with SUV. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

A 19-year-old Ellicott City man was killed yesterday in a collision on U.S. 29 near Interstate 70, Howard County police said.

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Glen Burnie, MD

#1 Jul 20, 2008
i don't know the circumstances but i'm guessing the driver's advanced age of 79 contributed to the accident. But Md lawmakers will not impose a madatory driving test for those over a certain age. don't want to lose those senior citizens votes.
anonymous

East China, MI

#2 Jul 20, 2008
the driver was also handicapped.
he killed my friend
Three3

Sunapee, NH

#3 Jul 20, 2008
I always thought that this location was an accident waiting to happen. I don't understand why they built that cross-over to allow drivers going north on 29 to get onto I-70 west, when there was and still is a perfectly serviceable, normal entrance to I-70 west on the northbound side of 29.
mark

Glen Burnie, MD

#4 Jul 20, 2008
Re: #3--that makes it all the more difficult for an elderly driver--I blame the Md lawmakers for allowing the elderly to drive without being tested--only an eye exam is necessary.
Andy A

Hyattsville, MD

#5 Jul 20, 2008
Yesterday, my young son and I were on our way to the Howard County dump. When we make this trip (about once a month) we typically drive up Route 29 and use this cross over spot to get onto the ramp that takes you to I-70 west. We arrived at the scene of the accident just a short time after it had happened. There was a MD state police officer and a Howard County Police officer at the scene. A red SUV was parked on the shoulder and it's passenger side was heavily damaged. What was left of the dark purple colored Suzuki motorcycle was laying in section of the road that merges onto the entrance ramp that leads to I-70. My 8 year old son and I went home and late yesterday evening we had a talk about the accident because it both was weighing heavily on us. My condolences to the family and friends of this young man who was taken from this world yesterday.
Becki

Ellicott City, MD

#6 Jul 20, 2008
I knew Andrew from band. He and I were both in the percussion section of the Mt. Hebron marching unit, and even though he and I were never really close, I will miss him.

Almost everyday, I take 29 South and I have almost been in multiple accidents because of the cross over. I think that they should have never opened a second ramp to 70 there. The safer one on the other side of the road was fine, did we really need another one?
Collin Broholm

Clarksville, MD

#7 Jul 20, 2008
My family and I passed by the accident scene late Saturday and saw a body covered with a white sheet. I am so sad to hear that a young child was lost. Our thoughts are with the family and friends. It is also a tragedy for the elderly driver involved.

I don't know the details of this accident. However, I will mention that I have noticed several near misses at that location. We have frequently and prior to this accident commented that this is a dangerous and unnecessary intersection that should never have been added.

Now, this tragic accident calls for a full investigation and changes at that intersection to improve safety.
Isabel Ellicott City MD

Dundalk, MD

#8 Jul 20, 2008
I always thought this location was an accident waiting to happen. I travel on 29N every morning to work. 90% of the times people crossing over to 70 take a chance. How many more lives must we loose, or accidents, before Howard county or the State Development Engineering Division does something about it. Make a overpass or underpass like I75 and Snowden River.
My condolences to the family and friends of this young man who was taken from this world yesterday afternoon.
Enriquo Chavezbergman

Baltimore, MD

#9 Jul 20, 2008
They call motorcycles "donor cycles" for a reason. I had an accident in my early twenties and was lucky to have escaped serious injury.

It has now been 18 years since I have been on one.
GLL

AOL

#10 Jul 20, 2008
"They call motorcycles "donor cycles" for a reason. I had an accident in my early twenties and was lucky to have escaped serious injury.

It has now been 18 years since I have been on one"

Get real buddie! thats the risk you pay when you ride a bike. Maybe if the kid was actually wearing gear instead of shorts and a T shirt like everyone else in howard co. He would still be alive? did you ever think about that? Very sorry this is tragic. You wonder why sportbikers always want to get a head of traffic. 99% of the time they dont even see us. Let alone how many times i have been cut off in ellicott city on route 40 in the last month. over a hand full. Get off the cell phones and drive.
chase

Dover, DE

#11 Jul 20, 2008
As a community we should be outraged at this tragedy. The intersection is always an accident waiting to happen...How many more lives will be taken before the Crossover will be closed . We are deeply saddened for the loss of our friend and neighbor and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.
brad chase

Dover, DE

#12 Jul 20, 2008
There are certain things you see and can unfortunately forecast what will happen based on the stupidity of a thing. This is one of them. This intersection, the minute I saw it, was one thing that I just knew would result in this INEVITABLY, happening. Not if it would, but when...and it sadly did with a driver nearing 80 years old. Prayers with the family. I am so sick that it is a thing you can prevent by using the ALREADY EXISTING exit to 70 where timing and judgement dont come into play.
The first time I drove by it on 29, I thought, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Driving 55 mph and wondering if the vehicle is thinking of pulling out across 29...I think we all know this design of road caused this to happen.
Marco

Wethersfield, CT

#13 Jul 20, 2008
SUV's are always potential murder weapons. If you're driving one of these and do hit someone, it should be called preventable murder.
HiYaBUSA

United States

#14 Jul 20, 2008
Marco wrote:
SUV's are always potential murder weapons. If you're driving one of these and do hit someone, it should be called preventable murder.
I agree. The sad truth is that if they put tires on a 200 ton locomotive, the stupid goat ropers would probably snatch those up like hotcakes as long as they came equipped with 30 cup holders and a DVD player.
CPC

Warren, NJ

#15 Jul 20, 2008
Marco wrote:
SUV's are always potential murder weapons. If you're driving one of these and do hit someone, it should be called preventable murder.
So I guess he would have been alive if it was a sedan, truck, bus, or another motorcycle. Sigh....
HiYaBUSA

United States

#16 Jul 20, 2008
Enriquo Chavezbergman wrote:
They call motorcycles "donor cycles" for a reason. I had an accident in my early twenties and was lucky to have escaped serious injury.
It has now been 18 years since I have been on one.
Yep, those things are dangerous. Now go tuck yourself in.
John H

Ann Arbor, MI

#18 Jul 20, 2008
R.I.P. Andrew Noel
You will be remembered forever
<3
HiYaBUSA

United States

#20 Jul 20, 2008
CPC wrote:
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So I guess he would have been alive if it was a sedan, truck, bus, or another motorcycle. Sigh....
If you knew you were going to collide with another rolling object, would you choose: a tank, bus, SUV, truck, sedan, motorcycle, scooter/moped, or shopping cart?
dritchie

Bristow, VA

#21 Jul 21, 2008
GLL wrote "Get real buddie! thats the risk you pay when you ride a bike. Maybe if the kid was actually wearing gear instead of shorts and a T shirt like everyone else in howard co. He would still be alive? did you ever think about that? Very sorry this is tragic. You wonder why sportbikers always want to get a head of traffic. 99% of the time they dont even see us. Let alone how many times i have been cut off in ellicott city on route 40 in the last month. over a hand full. Get off the cell phones and drive."

This young man was driving south on Route 29 when an elderly driving turned left across traffic right in front him and the young man died as a result of the injury. It doesn't matter what he was wearing or how many times YOU have been cut off. This is not about you - It's about a nice young man who was kille because of a poorly designed intersection and a driver who made a fatal mistake.

Show a little respect and compassion.
JST

Canton, MI

#23 Jul 21, 2008
My condolences to the family of the young man killed.
The lane changes made to reduce back-up of traffic on 29N by adding a second entrance to I-70 westbound by turning left and crossing 29 were poorly planned. Now traffic is backed up in both northbound lanes so that no one can get through to 99; and drivers opting to use the left entrance onto I-70 rather than the older, more traditional right hand exit via a clover leaf, have to yield to and drive across traffic that can be going 55mph. The traffic on 29 has the right of way, but anyone who drives it regularly knows that vehicles frequently pull across assuming they are on an entrance ramp and don't look for oncoming traffic. I don't know if that is what caused this particular accident, but the situation is an accident waiting to happen, and there have been many near misses since the changes were implemented. Hopefully the powers that be will view this sad event as an indication that the situation needs to be changed.

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