Calvert County resident killed in early morning motorcycle crash

By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.-

On July 29, 2019, at approximately 5:00 a.m., officers responded to Southern Maryland Boulevard (MD 4) N/B and Talbot Road in Lothian for a crash involving a motorcycle.

A Dodge truck pulling a box trailer was traveling northbound on Southern Maryland Boulevard approaching Talbot Road. A motorcycle approached the truck and trailer from behind. The motorcycle attempted to switch lanes and struck the back of the trailer. The motorcycle rider lost control. The motorcycle went off the left side of the roadway into the wooded median and struck a tree. The rider subsequently was ejected and struck a utility pole. The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy. The driver of the Dodge truck remained on the scene.

Preliminarily, the primary cause of the crash was the rider of the motorcycle making an unsafe lane change. It does not appear that speed was a factor in this crash.

Drug and alcohol use are unknown pending toxicology results. The Traffic Safety Section is handing the crash investigation and the case will be reviewed by the States Attorney.

Vehicle 1: 2017 Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle

Driver
Christopher Doran Whisman, Jr.
Broomes Island, MD 20615

Vehicle 2: 2005 Dodge Pick-Up Truck

Driver
Thomas Earl Morsell
Sunderland, MD 20689

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Firefighters responded for a reported motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle in the area of Northbound Route 4 near Talbott Road.

Firefighters located an accident in which a motorcyclist struck a trailer and was ejected into a utility pole. The patient, an adult male, estimated to be in his 30s, was declared deceased on the scene by paramedics.

There were no other injuries.

Assisting Fire Departments:   Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department

Per Maryland State Police-Prince Frederick, all lanes are now open.


UPDATE from the Maryland State Police- Prince Frederick Barracks:

UPDATE 8:15 a.m.- From the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office:

Expect delays On Rt2 Northbound into Anne Arundel due to bailout traffic from Rt4 being closed.


The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is advising that Route 4 and Talbot Road, just over the Calvert County line near Bristol, MD is currently closed.

Units on the scene are reporting a motorcycle versus a pickup truck, with the motorcycle and rider found in the woods. A MEDEVAC has been requested.

Watch for emergency vehicles, personnel, and the landing zone. The road will be closed for an undetermined amount of time while accident reconstruction takes place.

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David M. Higgins II

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