A 24-year-old Bel Air man was killed Tuesday morning after his motorcycle collided with a Harford County work vehicle on Harford Road, police said, one day after the formation of a local law enforcement agency task force aimed at curbing severe traffic crashes.
Samuel Agostini, 24, of the 300 block of Locust Lane in Bel Air was southbound on Harford Road near Reckord Road at approximately 10:51 a.m. when his Suzuki motorcycle crested a hill and crashed into the driver’s side rear tire of a “Harford County Highways dump truck” which was already crossing Harford Road on Reckord Road, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell.
Worrell said witnesses at the scene told deputies that the motorcycle had been speeding and crossing the double yellow line before the accident. Investigators determined that Agostini was unable to avoid the dump truck due to the high speed he was traveling at the time.
Agostini was flown to the R Adams Cowley University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries, police said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after 12:30 p.m., Worrell said.
The driver of the dump truck, William Roland, 56, of Darlington, was uninjured. The motorcycle came to rest under a third vehicle, a Subaru sedan driven by Richard Burns, 62, of Kingsville, but Burns was not injured, police said.
Portions of Reckord Road, as well as Harford Road from the Baltimore County line to just below Mountain Road, were closed while members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit investigated the crash. The roads had been reopened by 2:15 p.m.
The accident came one day after the formal announcement of the Harford County Traffic Task Force, an arrangement between local law enforcement agencies to increase traffic enforcement efforts and prevent serious auto accidents around the county.
The accident was also the second fatal crash in two months involving a county vehicle. On May 8, a Harford County Public Schools work vehicle crossed the center line of Mountain Road, triggering a three-vehicle crash which killed two people, including the driver of the school vehicle.
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, the age of the motorcyclist was incorrect due to information provided by the Sheriff’s Office. The story has been updated with the correct age.
From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
[June 27, 2012, Fallston, MD] — On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at approximately 10:51am, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies and emergency service personnel responded to the intersection of Route 147 (Harford Road) and Reckord Road for a motor vehicle crash involving a Harford County Highway’s Dump Truck and a 2002 Suzuki motorcycle.
The motorcycle, operated by Samuel Agostini, age 24 of the 300 block of Locust Lane in Bel Air, MD was traveling southbound on Harford Road when it struck the rear tire on the driver’s side of a Harford County Highway’s dump truck driven by William Roland, age 56, of Darlington MD. According to witnesses, the motorcycle had been traveling along Harford Road at a high rate of speed, and crossing the center double yellow line to pass vehicles. After the motorcycle crested the hill, it struck the dump truck which was already in process of crossing the intersection of Harford Road and Reckord Rd. Investigation determined that the motorcycle was unable to avoid colliding into the dump truck due to the high rate of speed it had been traveling. Agostini was fully ejected from the Suzuki motorcycle coming to rest slightly in front of a third vehicle. A 2003 Subaru sedan, operated by Richard Burns, age 62 of Kingsville, MD, which was stopped at the Reckord Road stop sign, at the time of the crash.
Samuel Agostini, operator of the motorcycle, was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police Trooper 1 with serious life threatening injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital shortly before 12:30pm.