Motorcycle accident near Bob Bell Chevrolet in Bel Air claims life of Fork man

A Fork man died Tuesday after an accident on Route 1 near Bel Air that sent him careening off of his motorcycle, Maryland State Police said.

The accident was the fourth fatal motorcycle accident on Harford County roads this year and 16th death overall in 2011 on county highways.

Around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, William Ross Kelly, 73, of Bel Air, was trying to make a left turn from Bob Bell Chevrolet into the lane for northbound traffic on Route 1 (Belair Road) south of Old Joppa Road, according to Maryland State Police with the Bel Air Barrack.

At the same time, Kurt Mahlon Chenowith, 25, of Fork, was driving a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle south on Route 1.

As Kelly drove his 1990 Oldsmobile Regency into the flow of traffic, Mr. Chenowith hit the driver's side of the Oldsmobile and was ejected from the motorcycle, according to state police.

Mr. Chenowith was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air by Fallston Volunteer Fire Company ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to state police.

Neither Kelly nor his passenger, Joan Anne Kelly, were injured in the crash, police said.

Route 1 was closed for about two hours while investigators from the Bel Air Barrack, which is just a short distance from the crash site, investigated the collision.

There have been three other fatal motorcycle accidents in Harford County this year, including one last month. There has also been a fatal accident involving a four-wheeler.

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