(Centreville, MD) — At approximately 8:20pm, troopers from the Centreville Barracks responded to northbound RTE 301 south of RTE 302, Queen Anne’s County, in reference to a motorcycle accident. Upon arriving on scene they observed a single motorcycle disabled in the center median of RTE 301. Queen Anne’s County EMS had already responded to the scene and were attending to the lone male operator/occupant of the motorcycle. Northbound RTE 301 was closed in order to safely conduct an investigation. The Maryland State Police crash team were dispatched to complete a detailed crash investigation. As such, northbound RTE 301 remained closed for several hours.
The preliminary investigation revealed that for as yet to be determined reasons, the operator of the motorcycle drove into the grassy center median and subsequently lost control of the motorcycle. The 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle was dropped and the operator ejected. The motorcycle and operator came to rest in the center median, south of RTE 302. The operator of the motorcycle was transported from the scene to Chester River Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. He was identified as Jeffrey D. Dwyer, 48, of Sudlersville, MD.
The cause and contributing factors have yet to be identified. Alcohol has not yet been ruled out as a factor in the collision as an alcoholic beverage container was found within the proximity of the motorcycle/operator at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.