Cam­bridge man, 37, dies in mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­

TRAPPE — A Cam­bridge man died Thurs­day evening in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent on U.S. Route 50 near the Se­na­tor Fred­er­ick C. Malkus Jr. Me­mo­rial Bridge.

Derrick Javon Brown, 37, was pro­nounced dead at the scene near the west­bound lane of U. S. Route 50 at the north­ern end of the bridge. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at 6:57 p.m. Thurs­day, July 27.

Wit­nesses told po­lice they saw a mo­tor­cy­cle trav­el­ing west at what ap­peared to be go­ing at a very high rate of speed.

They told po­lice that as traf­fic be­gan to slow, the driver of the mo­tor­cy­cle be­gan to pass cars on the right-hand shoul­der and right-hand ac­cel­er­a­tion lanes.

Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, the mo­tor­cy­cle left the road­way

and crashed, and the driver was ejected.

On Thurs­day evening, traf­fic was shut down or down to one lane as po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­con­structed the ac­ci­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Po­lice re­port, al­co­hol and speed are be­lieved to be fac­tors in the crash.

No other ve­hi­cles were in­volved in the crash, and no other in­juries were re­ported.

Brown was driv­ing a 2001 Kawasaki mo­tor­cy­cle and was wear­ing a hel­met at the time of the col­li­sion, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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