Ravens cheerleader killed in motorcycle accident

Police have identified the man killed in a motorcycle accident Friday morning on Route 15 near Frederick as Dion Bagby, a 27-year-old who had recently earned a spot on the Ravens' cheerleading squad.

Bagby was traveling north when a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Amy Sue Harrison of Thurmont began making a left-hand turn onto Monocacy Boulevard. Bagby's Suzuki motorcycle struck the passenger side of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Harrison suffered no serious injuries but was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons, police said. The crash is still under investigation.

Bagby, of Vienna, Va., is an Oklahoma native and was a cheerleader at the University of Louisville. He spent the last three years as a coach at the Infinity All Stars gym, working with about 100 kids. He was driving to Camp Woodward, in central Pennsylvania, to work with several of his athletes on the last day of a week-long camp when he was killed.


"His excitement for what he did was always there," Infinity's general manager, Suzanne Mansfield, said. "He was a bright light — a star."

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Mansfield said Bagby tried out for the Ravens' co-ed stunt team in March because he finally felt like the "D.C.—Baltimore corridor was home."

"He was very excited to be involved with the Ravens," said Infinity owner Brad Palmer. "He told us about all the things he'd been able to do and was looking forward to this year."

The Ravens issued a statement: "This is such sad news and the entire Ravens family is in mourning over Dion's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dion's family and friends."

Infinity canceled all scheduled practices Saturday and invited members to come to the gym to remember Dion. They signed cards that will be sent to Bagby's mother in Oklahoma.

"I don't think she has any understanding of just how much he meant to everyone here," Palmer said. "It's important that she realize the difference he made."