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Monday, February 27, 2017

Marine, 21, killed in crash with speeding BMW

WASHINGTON — An active duty marine was killed Friday when his motorcycle was struck by a speeding BMW that lost control and crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic, Anne Arundel County police said Saturday.

Police said Martin Martinez Ballinas, 28, of Crofton, was driving a BMW 335i southbound on Patuxent Road in Gambrills when he lost control of the vehicle. The BMW crossed the double yellow line into the northbound lane and struck James Ray Walden, 21, of Peoria Heights, Illinois, who was traveling northbound on his motorcycle.

“Upon arrival of responding officers, the driver of the BMW fled the scene,” police said in a news release. They said officers found Ballinas hiding in a quarry about a quarter mile south of the crash scene.



Anonymous said...

RIP, Brother. Your life was snatched away by someone who didn't care.

Rebel Without a Clue said...

Humm, "Ballinas", that sounds like a good Irish name. Good family, been here for several generations. Names can probably be traced back to Ellis Island.

Why did the guy run? The story says nothing about that or the driver's immigration status or lack thereof.

Anonymous said...

Does make you wonder why he fled. Drinking, drugs or something else illegal, like himself?
And motorcycles always get the worst in an accident. More reason for wicomico county NOT to get more Harley's.

Anonymous said...

"of Crofton" - he was prolly running from his State Tax lien........

Anonymous said...

256, they just want them to ride around the block with the other LEO imports that already have them and ride here every year for Bike Week. It's just a testosterone thing.