Two killed in sep­a­rate mo­tor­cy­cle crashes

Po­lice seek­ing wit­nesses in both in­ci­dents

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Po­lice say two mo­tor- cy­clists were killed over the week­end in Charles County in sep­a­rate crashes Satur­day and Sun­day.

Joseph War­ren Bryant II, 27, of Me­chan­icsville was killed in a two-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent Satur­day af­ter col­lid­ing with a turn­ing ve­hi­cle in La Plata. Nathan Wil­liam Guterry, 25, of Lex­ing­ton Park died Sun­day evening af­ter crash­ing into a guardrail in Hugh­esville.

Around 4:19 p.m. on Feb. 18, Mary­land State Po­lice troop­ers re­sponded to the col­li­sion in the area of U.S. 301 and Sadie Lane, a news re­lease states. Wit­nesses told po­lice that Bryant had been trav­el­ing at an

ex­ces­sive rate of speed when he crashed into a Ford Sport Trac that had been turn­ing left onto Sadie Lane from north­bound U.S. 301.

As a re­sult of the crash, Bryant was pro­nounced dead on the scene, ac- cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, and the driver of the Sport Trac was in­jured and taken to a nearby hos­pi­tal. Po­lice noted that Bryant had been driv­ing on a sus­pended driver’s li­cense.

Cpl. M. Gal­gan, a col- li­sion re­con­struc­tion spe­cial­ist, is con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice stated. Find­ings will be sub­mit­ted to the Charles County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for re­view at the con­clu­sion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In Sun­day’s ac­ci­dent, po­lice said around 7:20 p.m. on Feb. 19, troop­ers re­sponded to the crash site in the area of Leonard­town Road and Webbs Place. In­ves­tiga- tion showed that Guter- ry had been trav­el­ing south­bound on Leonard­town Road when he failed to “ne­go­ti­ate a curve in the road­way” and struck a guardrail, eject­ing him from the mo­tor­cy­cle.

He was pro­nounced dead on the scene, po­lice re­ported. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that driver er­ror and speed caused the ac­ci­dent; wit­nesses told troop­ers that Guterry had been trav­el­ing at a high rate of speed in and out of traf­fic sev­eral miles north of the crash site.

Tfc. T. Hooten, a col­li­sion re­con­struc­tion spe­cial­ist, is con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Any­one who may have wit­nessed or who has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the col­li­sion in­volv­ing Guterry is asked to con­tact the Mary­land State Po­lice La Plata bar­rack duty of­fi­cer at 301-3921200 and ref­er­ence case num­ber 17-MSP007453.

Any­one who may have wit­nessed or who has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the col­li­sion in­volv­ing Bryant is asked to con­tact the Mary­land State Po­lice La Plata bar­rack duty of­fi­cer at 301-3921200 and ref­er­ence case num­ber 17-MSP007287.

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