Anne Arundel County police say the driver of SUV crossed into a lane full of bicyclists on a Sunday ride to Sandy Point State Park, killing a 59-year-old from Hanover.
Arthur Herbert Carter Jr. was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash after police responded to East College Parkway near Bay Head Road. Another cyclist, Jeffrey Michael Adler, 58, of Pasadena suffered life-threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition.
A third cyclist in the group, Kathleen Anne Haye, 21 of Columbia, suffered minor injuries.
The cyclists were struck by a GMC Yukon driven by Carl Leslie Behler, 67, of Annapolis, police said. He was eastbound on East College Parkway in the area of Bay Head Road, police said. The group of bicyclists was riding westbound on East College Parkway. The cyclists were riding on the ridge edge of the roadway since there was no shoulder, police said.
Behler crossed the center of the two-lane road and struck the group of bicycles riding west, police said. Police don’t believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.
No charges have been filed an investigation into the crash is continuing. Police said a preliminary investigation determined the primary cause of the crash appears to be that Behler failed to remain in his lane.
Jon Korin, president of Bicycle Advocates For Annapolis And Anne Arundel County, was cycling with the group when the car struck them. Korin said he was seventh in line and OK but shaken up. The group was riding from the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail to Sandy Point State Park. They were on the return trip, Korin said.
Korin encouraged riders and drivers to follow rules and pay attention. Korin has advocated for cyclists for years.
“This was seven experienced riders, doing what we were supposed to be doing,” Korin said. “Hugging the right side of the road and with our reflector lights on."
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State Sen. Ed Reilly, R-Crofton, represents the area where the crash occurred. He too emphasized safety following the crash.
“As experienced and safe as they operate, we are all at risk,” Reilly said. “I’m really sad about the incident. That’s a service road — no shoulders or any sidewalks — that is a real problem.”
The last fatal bicycle crash on Anne Arundel County roads occurred in May. Lennell Vernon Boone, 55, was riding a bicycle near the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie when he was struck.
Robert William Sobik was driving an Acura sedan northbound on Ritchie Highway approaching Americana Circle with a green light when the bicyclist entered the highway, exiting Marley Station mall, police said. Boone had a red light and was crossing toward Americana Circle directly into the path of the Acura and was struck by the driver’s vehicle.
Patricia Cunningham, 50, an Annapolis High School assistant cross-country coach, was killed in an August 2013 collision.
The driver, Whitney Decesaris, was later found guilty of negligent driving, failure to exercise caution to avoid an accident with a bicyclist and failure to control speed to avoid a collision. She was found not guilty of the fourth charge, also a driving offense.
The judge imposed the maximum fine of $500 for each offense, plus points on her license. No potential jail time was attached to the charges.