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Police Blotter: Two motorcycle accidents Saturday in Carroll County, one fatal

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Carroll County Sheriff’s Department reported two accidents involving motorcycles on Saturday in Taneytown and Westminster.

One ended fatally and the other with injuries that resulted in one of the drivers being flown to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center.

Around 10:10 a.m., Carroll County EOC dispatched Sheriff’s Deputies to a scene of a single vehicle collision on Kump Station Road, east of Maryland route 194 in Taneytown.

When they arrived it was confirmed that a 2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle was involved. John William Hill, 56, the sole occupant and driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene by EMS personnel of the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Department.  Preliminary investigation results state that the driver was traveling westbound on Kump Station Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the road and ran off the right side of the road onto the grassy shoulder, striking a fencepost and wire.

The second accident happened at approximately 7:17 pm when Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a head-on collision on Route 97 near Blacks Schoolhouse Road in Westminster involving a 1977 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a 2011 Honda SUV.

Northbound and southbound traffic was closed for more than two hours due to assisting investigative and emergency personnel. The investigation revealed that the driver of the Harley, Dominic Guy Balassone, 23, of Westminster crossed the double yellow center line from the northbound lane on Route 97 striking the SUV which had two adults and two children as occupants. Balassone sustained serious, but non-life threatening, injuries from the collision and was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center. The occupants of the SUV were uninjured.

According to reports, excessive speed and alcohol may have been the factor in this accident; the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

The Sherriff’s Department requests that anyone having information regarding the Kump Station Road accident please contact Corporal Glen Day at 410-386-5900.

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