A word to the wise: It doesn’t matter how good a cycle rider you are, motorcycle accidents can happen to the best riders. Tragically, motorcycle accidents can be very unforgiving to many motorcyclists. As motorcycle accident attorneys, I and my colleagues understand how sudden a fatal traffic accident can occur; many motorcycle-car accidents can spell danger to bike riders. Just recently, a veteran police officer and avid motorcyclist lost his life while riding to work.
According to news reports, an 42-year-old off-duty Baltimore County officer was killed in late October when his cycle nearly collided with a car about two miles from the Parkville Precinct station. Officer Jeffrey Neral, a 17-year member of the department, was riding to work around 1pm on his 2009 Harley Davidson southbound on Old Harford Road when he approached a 2002 Ford Focus, a police spokesman said.
The car’s driver, 26-year-old Pei Kao had just left Loch Raven Presbyterian Church in the 9300 block of Old Harford Road. To avoid a collision, Neral laid down the motorcycle but was subsequently thrown from it and hit the driver’s side of Kao’s automobile.
Neral was taken by a county Fire Department ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital, where doctors tried to save him. Unfortunately, he died shortly thereafter. The article did not say whether or not the officer suffered any type of brain trauma, however the police report showed that Neral had been wearing his helmet. Kao was not injured in the accident.
According to news reports, this was the second fatal accident involving a county police officer in a little more than month. On September 24, 32-year-old Detective Jason Simons of the Towson Precinct died following a crash on Route 88 near the village of Cooperstown.
Baltimore County officer dies after motorcycle accident, BaltimoreSun.com, October 26, 2009