A small memorial, consisting of a cross with a sash bearing the word "Father" and a bouquet of lilies and another of daisies and other flowers, sat along Route 440 in the Dublin area of northern Harford County Monday, a tribute to a motorcyclist who was killed on the highway Saturday morning.
The death of Whiteford resident, Ronald Krulock, 69, was also yet another reminder that Harford County has experienced a high number of motorcycle related deaths. His was the 19th over the past 26 months.
According to information from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack, troopers responded to Route 440 (Dublin Road), east of Route 1 in Dublin, around 1:10 p.m. Saturday for a report of a two vehicle accident involving a motorcycle.
State police say in a news release that Mr. Krulock was headed east on Route 440 on a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crossed the double yellow line and his motorcycle deflected off a 1997 Peterbuilt dump truck, driven by William Gunther II, 41, of Rising Sun.
Gunther tried to avoid hitting Mr. Krulock by veering to the right and driving the dump truck off of the roadway, but Mr. Krulock was still ejected from the motorcycle, according to the news release. Mr. Krulock was taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of the accident, and the reason why Mr. Krulock crossed the center line, is still under investigation by collision reconstructionists from MSP Bel Air Barrack, according to the release.
Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane briefly mentioned the accident at Darlington Volunteer Fire Company's annual banquet Saturday night, saying that Mr. Krulock was the father of a deputy, who had to be rerouted so he didn't ending up responding to the accident.