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Motorcyclist Critically Hurt after Columbia Crash

Speed was a factor in the Tuesday morning crash, police said.

A Howard County man is in critical condition after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle Tuesday morning in Columbia.

The motorcyclist has been identified as Allen Michael Harris, 22, of Elkridge, according to Elizabeth Schroen, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department. Harris is being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The crash happened at about 10:02 a.m. on the section of southbound Route 29 between Route 108 and Route 175, Schroen said. That section of highway was shut down for about 90 minutes following the collision.

Police said they believe the crash happened when a Toyota Prius driving in the middle lane of southbound Route 29 hit the back of a Suzuki motorcycle.

A preliminary investigation found that both vehicles were speeding, which contributed to the crash, Schroen said.

The driver of the Prius, Dhruvkumar Patel, 19, of Baltimore, was not injured.

Laurel Kenney May 10, 2011 at 07:19 PM
I saw this happen on my way to work :/
william bittner May 11, 2011 at 01:52 AM
even if the cycle was going speed limit he had no chance against a speeding car hitting him in the rear or any other direction. the car is at fault, typical howard county police investigation
Linda McArthur May 11, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Can you tell us what happened?
Joe May 11, 2011 at 08:07 PM
William, from what I heard the cycle was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. Sure the car may have been speeding but when an aggressive speeding motorcycle cuts in front of the car...i'd say the cycle was at fault.
william bittner May 11, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Joe, if what you heard is your basis for conclusions that is considered here say. My conclusions were based on the info released by the police department. they state only speed contributed to the accident. of course the police only tell us what they want us to know and not what actually happened. I am sure your info is more reliable than the police and based upon that I must agree with you.

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