Grasonville motorcyclist fatally injured in 3-vehicle crash

QUEENSTOWN — Over the March 16-17  weekend, Maryland State Police responded to three fatal motorcycle crashes in less than 24 hours — including one in Queen Anne’s County.

Cody Morris, 21, of Grasonville died Sunday, March 17 of injuries suffered in a three-vehicle crash.

Emergency medical services personnel pronounced Morris dead at the scene, according to an MSP news release.

Troopers from the Centreville Barrack responded to the crash at about 12:35 a.m. on U.S. Route 50 West, north of state Route 404 in Queenstown.

According to a preliminary investigation, Morris was operating a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle when it struck an impact attenuator (also known as a crash cushion).

Also on Sunday, in Anne Arundel County, emergency medical services personnel pronounced Joseph Maeda Raiger, 18, of Alexandria, Virginia deceased at the scene.

Troopers from the Annapolis Barrack responded at about 5:30 p.m. to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 97 North near Crownsville.

Investigators believe Raiger lost control of his 2020 Yamaha motorcycle before crashing in a median, according to the MSP news release.

On Saturday, a motorcyclist died after crashing in Charles County. He was identified as Markese Al-Kwonand Nelson, 44, of California, Maryland

Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical services personnel.

Troopers from the La Plata Barrack responded to the crash at about 6:50 p.m. on southbound Old Leonardtown Road and Homeland Drive in Hughesville.

According to the preliminary investigation, it appears that Nelson lost control of his 2016 Harley-Davidson before overturning in a center median.

Investigations are continuing into all three fatal crashes.

Maryland State Police are reminding motorists to share the road, and for motorcycle operators to ride safely and defensively.

The news release states, “Always wear a helmet because it’s the law.”

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