Maryland Motorcyclist Hit Head-On by Mercedes in Virginia

By Peter DePaolis

According to Fairfax police, a Hyattsville man lost his life late last month when his motorcycle collided head-on with a vehicle on Georgetown Pike. In a report at, the 58-year-old victim was driving his 1999 Triumph motorcycle east on Georgetown Pike around 11 p.m. A 2001 Mercedes was traveling in the opposite direction when it crossed the centerline and hit the victim’s motorcycle in a head-on collision.

A nearby resident heard the collision and ran to the accident scene. He saw two teenagers who had stopped to assist the victim. The teens performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived. A second resident drove by the accident after it happened and saw the Mercedes emitting smoke and sparks. Emergency workers transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The accident shut-down Georgetown Pike for several hours while investigators collected information from the scene.

Authorities charged the 30-year-old Mercedes driver from Sterling with reckless driving, according to Fairfax police. Auto crashes with motorcycles are often fatal for the motorcycle driver due to the lack of safety features of motorcycles. You should know what to do after a car accident to minimize injury and collect all necessary information if possible. Reach out to our team today to explore your options.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.