Motorcyclist critically injured after striking truck in Elkridge

A motorcyclist is in critical condition Thursday after he was hit by a truck on Route 1 at around 8:22 a.m., according to Howard County Police.

The motorcycle operator has been identified as Tusharkumar Patel, 23, of the 7200 block of Montgomery Road in Elkridge.

Police said Patel was traveling southbound on his 2013 Yamaha R1 motorcycle near the intersection of Old Washington Road when he swerved to avoid a stopped vehicle, lost control and fell off his motorcycle into the path of a passing truck.

According to police, witnesses reported that the truck did not stop after striking Patel, leading police to believe the driver was unaware of he had hit him.

Police said they do not believe the truck driver was at fault.

Patel was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition, police said.

A portion of the roadway was temporarily closed for about an hour, police said. 

The incident is being investigated by Police's Traffice Enforcement Division. 

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