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Police investigating pair of weekend crashes in northern Carroll County, including deadly motorcycle collision

Police are investigating two separate crashes in the north end of Carroll County that happened over the weekend, including one on Md. 30 that killed a woman riding on a motorcycle.

The two-vehicle crash in Hampstead Sunday afternoon involved three people, two riding on a 2020 Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling south and another driving a 2021 Hyundai Elantra heading north, police said. The crash occurred around 4:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of Main St., when the motorcycle crashed into the Elantra, which was turning left, police said.

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Hampstead Police Chief David Snyder said the motorcycle riders are believed to be husband and wife.

The wife, the passenger on the motorcycle, was taken to Carroll Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The husband was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he is in critical condition, Snyder said.

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Snyder said the driver of the Elantra also went to Carroll Hospital for his injuries and was later released.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Snyder said he was not releasing the names of the people involved in the crash.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office released a statement about a Saturday crash involving an 18-year-old who was initially flagged for driving over the speed limit in Manchester around 10:30 a.m. in the 4600 block of Wentz Road.

The sheriff’s deputy saw a yellow Chevy Cobalt that “appeared to be traveling above the posted 35 miles per hour speed limit” based on the officer’s radar, according to the statement. It also states the driver did not stop but “began driving recklessly” westbound on Bachman Valley Road.

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The deputy did not pursue, however, and a lookout for the vehicle was broadcasted over the radio.

Cpl. Jon Light, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said the office has policies in place on when and when not to pursue a vehicle. The significant traffic on the road was the reason to not drive after the Chevy, he said, adding it was not appropriate to possibly endanger others.

“Deputies are charged with protecting first,” Light said. “And this was a speeding violation.”

About two minutes after the vehicle failed to stop, the deputy arrived at a single-vehicle crash into a Baltimore Gas and Electric electrical pole in the 1800 block of Bachman Valley Road. Police said it appeared to be the same Chevy Cobalt that fled.

The driver, identified as an 18-year-old male from Manchester, was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to the shock trauma center, according to police. An investigation is ongoing and Light said Monday that he did not yet know if any charges have been filed.

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