Bicyclist struck, killed by vehicle in Anne Arundel County

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle in Millersville, while a police officer was injured in a separate car accident Friday night, Anne Arundel County police said.

Matthew Jeffrey Young, 40, who police said did not have a fixed address, was pronounced dead at University of Maryland Hospital. Young was riding his mountain bike north on Veterans Highway, just north of West Benfield Road, when he was struck from behind by a 2000 Buick LeSabre driven by Larry Jay Vespermann of Dunkirk at around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said Young was riding on the right lane of the highway, which did not have a shoulder and had little ambient lighting.

Young was wearing dark non-reflective clothing on his bike that had a makeshift headlight, which was on. The bike also had a red LED-flashing light on the back which police say did not appear to have been turned on, leaving one small reflective lens to make Young visible.

Police say the driver did not see Young in the lane in front of him.

Bicyclist visibility and possible driver error appeared to be significant factors in the accident, police said. Alcohol or speed were not suspected.

In the police-involved car accident, a preliminary investigation found that a vehicle driven by Naomi Leiben of Pasadena failed to yield the right of way to the officer identified as Michael Morningstar.

The vehicle collision occurred on Fort Smallwood Road near Hilltop Road in Orchard Beach around 6:40 p.m.

Morningstar was treated at Baltimore Washington Medical Center and released.

Leiben was treated at Harbor Hospital and released.

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