A crash in Laurel, Maryland killed a seventeen year old motorcycle driver Saturday nightr after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into an SUV near the intersection of Route 198 and Race Track Road.  The motorcyle crashed into the side of the SUV as the SUV turned left from Route 198 onto Race Track Road.  The seventeen year old driver was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.  

The driver of the SUV was flown from the scene of the crash to Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital in serious condition.  A second motorcycle driver was seen leaving the scene.

Reports from the Washington Post indicate the deceased motorist was driving a stolen motorcycle.  Reports indicate that police investigating the crash believe excessive speed was a factor in the crash.  The police investigation is ongoing. 

It is a trite but true saying that speed kills.  Whether the fact that the motorcycle was stolen contributed to excessive speed leading up to the crash, this accident is a tragedy for all invovled.  Especially when driving a motorcycle, speed can be the difference between life and death.

Safe and cautious driving is not just a good thing to do; it can be the difference between life and death.  It can happen in an instant. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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