Three fatal motorcycle crashes reported in Maryland over weekend

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland State Police responded to three separate fatal motorcycle crashes in the state over the weekend.

The crashes resulted in the deaths of motorcyclists from Alexandria, Virginia; Grasonville, Maryland; and California, Maryland, according to authorities.

The first crash happened in a median on northbound Interstate 97 near Crownsville in Anne Arundel County on Sunday at about 5:30 p.m. Troopers responded to the scene and found Joseph Maeda Raiger, 18, of Alexandria, Virginia, dead at the scene.

Grasonville resident Cody Morris, 21, died Sunday at just after 12:30 a.m. on Sunday along westbound Route 50, north of Route 404 in Queenstown, according to Maryland State Police. Troopers responded to the crash and found Morris was dead at the scene. Two passenger vehicles were involved after the crash. The drivers remained at the scene and reported no injuries.

A third motorcycle crash occurred in Charles County at just after 6:45 p.m. on Saturday on southbound Old Leonardtown Road and Homeland Drive in Hughesville, police said. Markese Al-Kwonand Nelson, 44, of California, Maryland, died at the scene after crashing his 2016 Harley-Davidson. Troopers responded to the crash and found that Nelson lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in a center median.

Maryland State Police are reminding motorists to share the road and for motorcycle riders to proceed with caution. “Ride safe, ride defensively,” police said. The causes of all three crashes are under investigation.

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

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