Westminster motorcycle accident sends one to Shock Trauma

A collision between a motorcycle and SUV in Westminster Saturday night sent one person to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Westminster resident Dominic Guy Balassone, 23, was transported to Shock Trauma by helicopter with serious, but non-life threatening injuries after his motorcycle collided with a Honda SUV on Route 97 near Blacks Schoolhouse Road, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to the accident at about 7:17 p.m. and the investigation revealed that Balassone's 1977 Harley Davidson was traveling north on Route 97 when it crossed the double yellow center line and struck the oncoming Honda SUV, according to the release.

The occupants of the Honda SUV, two adults and two children, were not injured, police said.

Investigation and rescue efforts closed north and southbound traffic for more than two hours.

Police said it is believed that speed and alcohol might have been factors in the collision.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, according to police.

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