Police are investigating a Saturday morning motorcycle crash in Abingdon that left one man dead.
Harford County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of the crash near the intersection of Abingdon Road and Windy Laurel Drive in Abingdon at approximately 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from the agency.
Stephen Kenneth Block, 54, of Olde Woodland Way in Abingdon, was driving a 2007 Harley MC motorcycle east on Abingdon Road, when a silver minivan traveling west on Abingdon Road turned in front of the motorcycle onto Windy Laurel Drive, based on information gathered at the scene, police said. To avoid a collision, Block laid down his motorcycle on the roadway.
Block, the only person on the motorcycle, was taken by medics from Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries, police said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, 443-409-3324.
With temperatures finally getting warmer, more motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians will be on the roads, Sgt. Mike Lane of the Sheriff’s Office traffic unit said.
“Remember, if you are using the roadways, respect the rule of the road, and share the road,” Lane said. “When it comes to motorcycle safety, I believe there's more that we all can do, those of us on motorcycles and in cars. About the only thing I can say about all people operating motor vehicles is that they have to pay attention. That is the universal rule.”
Because motorcycles are harder to see, motorcyclists can make themselves more visible by using lighting on their bikes at all times and wearing bright clothing or a safety vest.
“All drivers are reminded to be aware of their surroundings at all times and always expect other vehicles to do the unexpected,” Lane said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises vehice drivers that because they control a much larger machine, they must keep a close watch for motorcyclists who may be riding nearby. At the same time, motorcyclists must take extra precautions to guard against drivers who may not see them.