Woman in fatal Elkridge crash identified

A woman driving a motorized scooter on Business Parkway in Elkridge early Thursday morning was killed after being struck by a box truck, Howard County Police said.

Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said in a prepared statement that Brandy Copeland, 26, of Elkridge, was traveling on the scooter along Business Parkway around 6:10 a.m. when she was struck by a box truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Llewellyn said.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Copeland pulled onto Business Parkway without stopping at a stop sign, said Llewellyn.

Llewellyn said based on a preliminary investigation, it does not appear that the driver of the truck, Travis Ashbury, 27 of Silver Spring, was speeding. He was not injured. Llewellyn said that police do not anticipate filing charges against Ashbury. She added it is legal to drive such scooters as the Tao Tao on state roadways.

Copeland was wearing a helmet, said Llewellyn, who noted that as of Oct. 1, 2012 ,all motor scooter operators are required to wear a helmet.

Business Parkway was reopened after being shut down for a several hours as police investigated.

Stan Rappaport of the Baltimore Sun Media Group contributed to this story.

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