A 25-year-old Pasadena woman was killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash on Ritchie Highway near College Parkway, county police said yesterday.
The victim was identified as Virginia Arlene Miller of the 7800 block of Catherine Ave. She was the passenger on a motorcycle driven by Norma Jean Brashear, 42, also of the 7800 block of Catherine Avenue.
Police said the motorcycle was heading south on Ritchie Highway shortly after 3 p.m. when the driver tried to change lanes just north of College Parkway but swerved to avoid a car that was trying to get into the same lane. As the driver tried to steady the motorcycle, the passenger tried to get off and grabbed the driver's arms.
The driver tried to pull onto the grass median, but the passenger was thrown from the cycle and hit a guardrail. Police said she was wearing a helmet but apparently broke her neck when she hit the guardrail.
Ms. Miller was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital. Ms. Brashear was not seriously injured, police said.
Armed carjacker takes victim for unexpected ride
A Millersville man told county police Sunday that a man armed with a 9 mm pistol jumped into his car and drove down Elvaton Road with the man still in the car.
Police said Jerome Flynn Knox told them he was driving a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder east on Elvaton Road about 10:45 p.m. when the driver of a 1995 Oldsmobile Calais cut him off near Starwood Drive. Police said the Oldsmobile's driver got out of his car, pointed the pistol at Mr. Knox's head, ordered him out of the driver's seat got in and drove off.
Mr. Knox jumped out and called police. Police found the unoccupied Nissan a few hundred yards away, still running.