PORT DEPOSIT — One motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was injured when they crashed attempting to pass another vehicle Saturday, according to police.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, troopers from North East Barrack responded to Susquehanna River Road, north of Canal Road, for a single-vehicle crash.
A preliminary investigation revealed the operator of a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, John Smith, 26, of Red Lion, Pa., attempted to pass an unloaded school bus and lost control, police reported. The Harley traveled off the road, where Smith and his passenger Brittny Winter, 24, of Fawn Grove, Pa., were thrown from the motorcycle.
Winter was flown to Christiana Hospital in Delaware by a Delaware State Police medevac helicopter, where she was treated for her injuries, police reported. As of Tuesday, Christiana did not list her as a patient, according to a hospital spokesman.
Smith was taken by ambulance to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace by Cecil County Department of Emergency Services medics, however, he succumbed to his injuries, police reported.
The road was closed for approximately three hours with the assistance of the State Highway Administration. A Maryland State Police crash reconstructionist is investigating this collision.
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact the Maryland State Police North East Barrack at 410-996-7800, in reference to case #19MSP022995.
Smith was a member of the Red Lion (Pa.) Fire Department, according to a Facebook post by the fire company.
“JD as he was known joined the department in June of 2016, although he was involved with other stations for many years. Please keep his family, friends and fellow firefighters in your thoughts and prayers during this tough time,” it wrote.
According to Cecil Whig records, Smith is at least the 12th traffic-related death on a county road this year, and the seventh in the last month.