Motorcyclist dies in accident

PORT REPUBLIC, MD - On June 21, at approximately 5:55 p.m., Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police personnel responded to the area of Grays Road and Glenmont Court in Port Republic in reference to a motor vehicle crash involving a single motorcycle with a single occupant.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black male, later identified as Brian Butler Johnson, 37 of Baltimore was operating a copper colored 2004 Suzuki GSXR 1000 west on Grays Road in the area of Glenmont Court when the motorcycle crossed the center line and continued off the left side of the roadway.

Investigation further revealed that upon leaving the roadway, the motorcycle laid down and skidded out of control where the operator, Johnson was ejected.  Due to the severity of Johnson’s injuries, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team was notified to respond and assume the investigation.  Johnson was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at 6:29 p.m.

Corporal Anthony Moschetto and Dfc. Fox responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Based on the roadway evidence and the damage to the motorcycle, speed was determined to be a factor in the crash. The speed limit on Grays Rd is 40 mph in the area of the crash.

At 5:46 p.m., the Calvert Control Center received a traffic complaint, from a concerned citizen, for a “reckless operator” on a copper colored motorcycle bearing the same tag number that was on the motorcycle Johnson was operating. The Traffic complaint was reported to be in the area of Broomes Island Road and Grays Road.

Witnesses on the scene reported that the motorcycle was observed several minutes prior to the crash operating at a high rate of speed in a reckless manner in the area of Broomes Island and Grays Road.

   Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or the events leading up to it is asked to contact DFC. Fox of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800.

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