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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 07/ 5/2010

Md. moped driver killed in collision

By Mike McPhate

Howard County police are investigating a fatal collision between a moped and a pickup truck.

The moped driver, 24-year-old Mohammed Hammad Chaudhry, was killed in the crash, which occurred Sunday shortly before 1 p.m.

The driver of the pickup truck, 45-year-old Marganta Gonzalez Cruz, was not injured.

Authorities say the crash occurred as Chaudhry was traveling east on Tamar Drive and Cruz was turning left from the westbound lane.

-- Associated Press

By Mike McPhate  | July 5, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  maryland  
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To zcxnissan

I have seen Black teens on mopeds who have run thru a red light and made right turns in front of me. They don't understand the speed diffential between their moped and my car and think they are fast enough to out run cars.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | July 5, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Did he have a helmet on ?

Posted by: chesbchmom | July 5, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Jimof1913 i have seen ignorance like that as well. If the stupid people want to cull themselves i say let them.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 5, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

From the report, this sounds like the classic accident where the pickup truck driver made a left turn, not seeing that the moped rider was in the lane and had the right of way.

I would urge the readers here to refrain from prejudices formed as a result of reading people's names. Instead, a focus on the facts is appreciated. Try to appreciate not only that people have rights to safe travel, but also that there are people grieving in this case.

A full investigation is always appreciated, be it by the police, investigative reporters in the media or members of private law and investigation practices.

Some facts that could be expressed are whether a helmet was used, how bright the garments of the moped rider were, tox screens on both drivers, mechanism of death, photos of the scene, etc.

To our good fortune, there is some possibility that charges of failure to maintain proper control can be levied, as they have been in other Maryland car/cycle deaths.

Posted by: pptcmember | July 6, 2010 4:22 AM | Report abuse

@acxnissan: What the hell difference does that make? A guy's dead and that's all you have to say?

Posted by: cmckeonjr | July 6, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

What puzzles me is why so many commenters are so willing to kill a young man. Regardless of evidence of any wrongdoing by said young man they espouse how, because other moped drivers don't have license plates this is okay. Or because he might be "stupid" then good riddance. Darwin's law doesn't apply here since the moped driver was in the right.

So very quick to rush to judgment, yet pptcmember was right on the mark, this appears to be a classic case of the car/truck driver turning left in front of a two wheel vehicle driver (moped, motorcycle, bicycle). The truck driver's excuse, if this holds to the pattern, will be "I didn't see him." And he will be remorseful to say the least. Will he receive the punishment he deserves for being so careless? Unlikely.

Those of you quick to rush to judgment and kill for lack of a license plate (not even proven, but that is apparently not required in many peoples eyes) please consider what you are actually saying. Stop and think, then write or talk. Demonstrate that you have been educated. Failing that, please for the good of this country - shut up!

Posted by: PGR1 | July 6, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

To all who ride motorcycles and mopeds. The person turning left in front of you because they "didn't see you" is your single most dangerous situation. Be hyper alert in this situation. I usually blink my headlight at them when I see someone coming toward me and giving indications they may turn left. Make yourself as visible as possible.

Posted by: brewstercounty | July 6, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Wow. What a lack of critical thinking skills. This is what happens when education funding is cut short. Quick lesson: race and status of citizenship are irrelevant in relation to this incident.

Posted by: Rochenda | July 6, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I was a witness to the accident. It was horrible. The truck did not see the moped and turned directly in to his path. He hit the truck at full speed. I tried to help him after the accident. He was very badly hurt and near death after the terrible impact. He was wearing his helmet but it was not strapped so it flew off on impact.

Regardless of your views on immigration this poor man was a human being and in the prime of his life. I will never forget the terrible impact or the horrible scene that followed. I pray for both drivers and their families.

Posted by: steveshep67 | July 6, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Jimof1913 you DONKEY what does BLACK TEENS have to do with this you DONKEY.

Posted by: access11 | July 6, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

zcxnissan was does cull mean? Are you an Idiot like Jimof1913

Posted by: access11 | July 6, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The majority of posters here have it right on. I'm guessing this will shake out as the truck driver's fault for failing to yield right of way. And may even have seen the moped, but thought they could get through the light it. Seen it hundreds of times with mopeds, motorcycles, and bicycles. Two-wheelers should learn from this: proceed thru intersections with caution; even with right of way. Cars/truck please look for two wheeled vehicles and please share the road.

And if you are going to racially profile, you will realize that the victim is more likely of Pakistani decent. But, you clearly don't care.

Posted by: spagball | July 6, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The majority of posters here have it right on. I'm guessing this will shake out as the truck driver's fault for failing to yield right of way. And may even have seen the moped, but thought they could get through the light it. Seen it hundreds of times with mopeds, motorcycles, and bicycles. Two-wheelers should learn from this: proceed thru intersections with caution; even with right of way. Cars/truck please look for two wheeled vehicles and please share the road.

And if you are going to racially profile, you will realize that the victim is more likely of Pakistani decent. But, you clearly don't care.

Posted by: spagball | July 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

It's the truck driver's fault. Unless she had a green arrow for the left turn, she cut him off.

Very unfortunate and highlights the added risk of mopeds and motorcycles.

Also very sad to see the bigots (who apparently don't know traffic law) are commenting here, too.

Posted by: veerle1 | July 6, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I wish the Howard County police good fortune in their efforts to investigate this death. Even though the likely charge will be "failure to maintain full time and attention," or something similar, even a guilty finding and what amounts to a simple raffic ticket will be some help. I know the MD. State Police are required to make a full report to prosecutors when there is a death involved, I also hope that Howard County follows similar procedures.

Posted by: pptcmember | July 7, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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