Hugh­esville mo­tor­cy­clist killed in St. Mary’s crash

Am­bu­lance crew spot­ted scene in Loveville

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

A Charles County man died early Sun­day morn­ing, au­thor­i­ties re­port, when the mo­tor­cy­cle he was rid­ing went off a high­way in St. Mary’s and struck a street sign, shortly be­fore an am­bu­lance crew al­ready headed to a hos­pi­tal came upon the scene of the crash.

Killed in the 1:45 a.m. col­li­sion was David Michael Stal­lard, a 28-yearold Hugh­esville res­i­dent who was thrown from the 2006 Suzuki GSX-R600 that was trav­el­ing north on Route 5, on a curve near its in­ter­sec­tion with Loveville Road, ac­cord­ing to the St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

About half an hour

ear­lier, an on­line dis­patch log states, St. Mary’s 911 dis­patch­ers re­ceived a call of a heart-re­lated emer­gency in Char­lotte Hall, a first-due re­sponse area for the Me­chan­icsville Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad.

“An am­bu­lance was go­ing back to the hos­pi­tal [in Leonard­town] with a pa­tient,” and stopped on the high­way where the mo­tor­cy­cle col­li­sion had oc­curred, Leonard­town Vol­un­teer Fire Chief John Tross­bach said Tues­day. “They were the ones who called it in. They checked the [rider], and de­ter­mined that he was de­ceased.”

The rider was in a grassy road­side ditch “a good 50 feet or more … from the point of im­pact” at the state Route 247 sign near the in­ter­sec­tion, the fire chief said, and the mo­tor­cy­cle had trav­eled about 50 ad­di­tional feet.

A re­lease from the sher­iff’s of­fice is­sued Sun­day af­ter­noon from the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion states that “al­co­hol and speed are con­sid­ered to be con­tribut­ing fac­tors.”

“It hadn’t started rain­ing yet,” the fire chief said of the weather con­di­tions.

The sher­iff’s of­fice has re­quested that any­one who may have wit­nessed the col­li­sion, and has not yet pro­vided a state­ment, to con­tact Cpl. Vin­cent Pon­torno by call­ing 301-475-4200, ext. *2337, or by send­ing email to vin­cent.pon­torno@stmarysmd.com.

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