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UPPER FREDERICK - State police at Skippack barracks have identified the motorcyclist who was killed on Route 73 in Upper Frederick as Brian Geyer, of the Boyertown area. Police did not release Geyer's age or exact address, however, additional information is forthcoming from the Montgomery County Coroner's office.
Police said Geyer was heading east on Rt. 73 near Hunsberger Road when he left the roadway on a curve and crashed into a stone wall in the 3400 block. Police responded to the scene around 6 a.m. and said Geyer died of injuries at the scene.
UPPER FREDERICK — A Colebrookdale man was killed Friday morning after crashing his motorcycle on Route 73 near Hunsberger Road.
Brian Geyer, 27, of Queen Anne Drive, Colebrookdale, was driving east on Route 73, and may have been passing other eastbound motorists when he lost control of his motorcycle, a 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 around 6 a.m., according to state police at Skippack.
Police said it appeared that Geyer was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash.
Geyer, who was wearing a helmet, lost control of his bike when he was passing vehicles and attempting to get back into the lane of travel.
He traveled off the right side of the road and struck a stone landscaping wall at the bottom of a driveway at 3424 Route 73, which is also called Big Road.
Dr. Walter I. Hofman, Montgomery County coroner, said an autopsy on Geyer was scheduled for today. He said he was informed by investigators that Geyer was traveling at a high rate of speed when he crashed, however, Hofman did not know the exact cause of Geyer's death.
Police said Geyer was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the 3400 block of Route 73.
Police said one lane of Route 73 remained open during the incident and traffic was able to get by.
Matthew B. Vogel, of Souderton, was injured April 30.
A 33-year-old Souderton man died this week from injuries he sustained in an April 30 motorcycle accident in Warrington.
The 17-year-old male driver of the car that collided with Matthew B. Vogel's motorcycle will likely be cited with at least a summary traffic violation, said Lt. Joseph Knox of Warrington police.
"The investigation is ongoing. We're having dialog with the Bucks County District Attorney's office," said Knox.
Vogel was rushed to Abington Memorial Hospital following the crash. He survived the weekend, but passed away Tuesday at the hospital, an obituary said.
"He was a great guy, a great son," said his mother, Jane Vogel.
Police say the crash occurred because the teenage driver turned a car into the path of Vogel's motorcycle at the intersection of Upper State Road and Bristol Road.
The Jamison teen was attempting to turn left from Bristol Road onto Upper State Road; Vogel was traveling in the opposite direction of the car on Bristol Road.
Indications are the teen, who police did not identify because he is a juvenile, was not intoxicated or using a cell phone when the accident happened. Neither the driver nor his passenger was injured, but the car caught fire.
Warrington Fire Co. extinguished the blaze, which heavily damaged the vehicle and produced smoke that could be seen from a distance.
Vogel's obituary says he graduated from Souderton High School in 1995. A lifelong member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Souderton, Vogel attended Penn-Tech School of Williamsport and worked as an automotive technician for Thompson Toyota in Doylestown for more than 13 years, relatives said.
"He was a gun enthusiast, loved riding motor-cross, was devoted to his family and was a very good friend to many," the obituary said.
Jane Vogel said her son was part of a family team that participated in Relay for Life, raising money to support the fight against cancer.
Vogel was expecting the birth of a son, Caden Matthew Vogel, in August, an obituary said.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Vogel's name can be made to Caden M. Vogel Memorial Fund, C/O Univest, Attn: Kyle A. Kravitz, 10 W. Broad Street, Souderton, Pa. 18964.
A 35-year-old Cumru Township woman, preparing for her first excursion on a brand-new Harley-Davidson, was killed Sunday morning when she lost control of the motorcycle while pulling out of her driveway, authorities said.
Denise L. Martin of White Pine Gulch was pronounced dead by doctors in Reading Hospital at 9:32 a.m., officials said.
She died of multiple injuries, and her death was ruled an accident, according to Berks County Deputy Coroner Jonn M. Hollenbach.
Hollenbach said Martin's family told him that Martin was a new motorcycle rider, and that her 2010 Harley-Davidson had just been delivered about two weeks ago.
Martin had taken the motorcycle out for only short trips around her neighborhood, and had planned her first serious ride for Sunday, he said.
According to Cumru police:
Martin was on the motorcycle in the driveway of her home about 8:30 when she lost control of the bike.
The motorcycle traveled about 300 feet, across nearby Deerfield Drive and into a neighbor's yard, then slammed into an embankment.
Martin was thrown 20 to 30 feet from the motorcycle.
An ambulance took her to Reading Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Martin was wearing a helmet.
Cumru police are continuing to investigate.
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Kutztown Student Motorcycle Crash: Kutztown Student Motorcycle Crash - mcall.com
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State police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred in the eastbound lanes of Route 422 in Limerick about 5:04 p.m. Sunday.
State police confirmed the victim, Scott A. Tammany, 35, of Stowe, was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve while riding his 1991 Suzuki GSX 600 at a high rate of speed near mile marker 177.9 and struck the center guide rail several times. Police said Tammany was traveling at a high rate of speed just before the crash occurred.
Tammany was thrown from the motorcycle onto the median, police said. His motorcycle landed in the eastbound lanes while his helmet was found on the other side of the guardrail.
The crash created massive traffic jams on 422 and other roads in the Limerick area.
State police were assisted at the scene by Limerick Township police, the Linfield Fire Company and Trappe EMS.
A 41-year-old woman was killed Saturday while riding on a motorcycle during a charity benefit ride for a biker who had been injured in a previous crash.
Terri Fleagle was a passenger on a motorcycle that collided with the one in front of it shortly after noon on Route 30 between North Hills Road and Sherman Street, according to Springettsbury Township Police and York County Deputy Coroner Steve Cosey. The motorcycle behind it also crashed as a result, according to police.
Fleagle and the driver of her motorcycle and the driver of the motorcycle behind them were taken to York Hospital, police said. Fleagle was pronounced dead at the hospital of multiple blunt force trauma, Cosey said. No autopsy will be performed.
Police did not released the names of those injured.
Christopher Coccia, a member of American Legion Riders from Dallastown Post 605, said he was riding the motorcycle that was struck from behind. His bike went over and he suffered a minor scrape to his left arm that was treated at the scene.
Coccia said about 60 riders from the Legion post were traveling from Red Lion when the crash occurred. He was about 10 rows from the back of the pack of 30 rows of bikes.
"He just didn't slow down in time," Coccia said of the driver behind him.
Saturday's crash resulted in the second death during a local benefit ride in the past two years.
On Sept. 14, 2008, Michael C. Weigand Jr., 25, a part-time sergeant with Latimore Township Police and full-time patrolman with Eastern Adams Regional Police, died when the motorcycle he was driving was struck during a benefit ride in Adams County. The driver who hit Weigand - 35-year-old Earl M. Wright of York, who was not part of the ride - pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle.
Two experienced York County motorcycle riders - not involved in Saturday's benefit - said riding in groups is generally safer than riding alone.
"When they see a large group like that, people pay attention," said Jon Golihew, president of the York County Harley-Davidson Owners Association.
Golihew said his organization stresses safety, including proper spacing, during their monthly meetings. He said most of the safety tips reviewed are "common sense."
"Most of our riders are older and have been riding for a long time and understand you don't get up on the guy you're riding behind," he said.
Carl Barley, a member of a group of York County law enforcement officers who ride, the Renegade Pigs, agreed with Golihew that riding in a group is safer, because drivers in other vehicles such as cars, trucks and SUVs pay more attention.
The danger in riding in a group is what Barley calls a "whip effect." In nearly every group, there is a front and a back. If the front speeds up and gets away from the back, the back then has to use a lot of speed to catch up. By that time, the front might be slowing down, Barley said.
"If you're not really paying attention . . . sometimes it's too late or close to being too late," he said.
Saturday's benefit run was for Marc L. Shutz, 60, a Dallastown man who was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in March.
Shutz was riding his Harley-Davidson on Church Street in Seven Valleys about 7:50 p.m. March 19 when he crossed into the opposing lane and struck a utility pole, according to state police reports.
The ride started at End of the Rainbow Day Care in Red Lion and was headed to ManorCare South in York, where Shutz is now staying.
The crash closed Route 30 westbound for about three hours.
Springettsbury Township police ask that anyone with information about the crash call 757-3525 during business hours or through 911.
The deceased woman was an elementary school art teacher:
Springettsbury Township Police have released the names of the others injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday.
George Fleagle IV, 45, was driving the motorcycle carrying Terri Fleagle, who died in the crash, police said, when it collided with a motorcycle in front of it, driven by Christopher Coccia, 48.
George Fleagle III, 65, was on the motorcycle directly behind Fleagle IV. Both George Fleagle III and George Fleagle IV were taken to York Hospital for injuries. George Fleagle III is listed in serious condition, and George Fleagle IV was treated and released, according to the hospital.
Coccia was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The 41-year-old woman killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday was a teacher in the Dallastown Area School District, a spokeswoman confirmed today.
Terri Fleagle was an art teacher at Ore Valley Elementary School, said Lori Hartman, district spokeswoman.
Supt. Stewart Weinberg planned to meet with the school staff this morning, Hartman said.
Hartman said the school staff gathered around the flagpole this morning for a moment of "self reflection" to honor Fleagle's memory. The guidance counselors are available for staff and students if needed, she said, and the school reached out to Fleagle's family to offer the support of the counselors.
"Terri was an individual who put her heart and soul into teaching, and she was passionate about working with kids," Ore Valley Principal
Greg Anderson said in an e-mailed statement. "She demonstrated compassion for her students' needs, spent extra time working with and listening to them, and instilled a love for art in them. Terri will be greatly missed by our Ore Valley family and community, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family."
The school is also putting together some items for the family to offer support, Hartman said.
Fleagle was a passenger on a motorcycle that collided with the one in front of it shortly after noon on Route 30 between North Hills Road and Sherman Street, according to Springettsbury Township Police and York County Deputy Coroner Steve Cosey. The motorcycle behind it also crashed as a result, according to police.
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