Fatal Crash - Lothian
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 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
Christopher Doran Whisman, Jr.
8200 block of Church Road
Broomes Island, MD 20615
Vehicle 2: 2005 Dodge Pick-Up Truck
Thomas Earl Morsell
1300 block Trouble Lane
Sunderland, MD 20689