4 Motorcyclist Deaths Over Weekend Concern Md. Community

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    Four motorcycle drivers have died on Prince George's County streets within just a few days. News4's Darcy Spencer spoke with a woman whose husband died in one of the crashes. (Published Monday, May 26, 2014)

    Four motorcyclists have died as a result of crashes on Prince George's County streets within just a four-day span.

    News4's Darcy Spencer spoke with Shakirat Walker, whose husband Phillip Walker died Friday night in Oxon Hill after an SUV driver took a U-turn without yielding to Walker. He was hospitalized and later pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

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    "It was a huge shock," Shakirat Walker said. "I can't get back with my life. My life is shattered."

    Shakirat explained it took police hours to notify her of the crash.

    "Three hours after the initial impact... that is sad," she said.

    Family members gathered Monday evening near the scene of the crash, many of them upset by the fact that the SUV driver has not been charged. Walker was a father of three and a well-known realtor in his Accokeek community.

    "I'm not happy about it. It's not a chicken that died on the road... we're talking about human life," Walker's father Leaford Walker said. 

    Shakirat Walker said she hopes safety improvements, like red light cameras and a dedicated turn lane, are made to the intersection where her husband was killed.

    Prince George's County Police say it could take several weeks to press charges. Eight people have died in motorcycle crashes in the county since last month, including three over Memorial Weekend. 

    On Saturday, 24-year-old Allen Joseph Washington of Southeast D.C. was killed in a crash with an SUV in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Police say the driver of the SUV failed to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist.

    On Sunday night, 35-year-old Steven Ricardo-Terrell Hurdle of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, was killed in Largo after crashing into a Hyundai Sonata at an intersection. Police suspect that prior to the accident, Hurdle fled from Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Police. They say he may have been speeding and failed to stop for a red light.

    On Monday, 60-year-old Paul Poston of Upper Marlboro died at a hospital, two days after he crashed into a wall in Forestville while riding a motorcycle. Investigators said Poston was leaving a parking lot near Cryden Way when he lost control of the motorcycle, which hit a brick wall and iron handrail.