Police Investigate Fatal Md. Bike Accident

Cyclist was struck from behind by car

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:21 PM EDT
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Police Investigate Fatal Md. Bike Accident

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Police are continuing to investigate a fatal accident that left a bicyclist dead Friday night on Veterans Highway in Severna Park.

Police responded to the scene just after 7:30 to find 40-year-old Matthew Young lying unresponsive in the right lane. Investigators said Young had been pedaling his bike north on Veterans Highway, just north of the intersection with West Benfield Road, when he was struck from behind by a 2000 Buick LeSabre driven by Larry Vespermann, 64, of Dunkirk. The impact apparently threw Young into the windshield of Vespermann's car.

Young was taken by helicopter to the Shock Trauma Unit at the University of Maryland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators do not believe that either speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. They have cited "bicyclist visibility" as the apparent cause of the accident, and noted the fact that the accident occurred at a particularly dark location on Veterans Highway, as well as the fact that Young was wearing dark non-reflective clothing.

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