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Two motorcyclists killed in Brandywine collision


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Photo by Jim Davis. Maryland State Police investigate a double fatal motorcylce crash late Thursday night on Route 301 and Short Cut Road in Brandywine.

Photo by Jim Davis. Maryland State Police investigate a double fatal motorcylce crash late Thursday night on Route 301 and Short Cut Road in Brandywine.

Published on: Friday, May 03, 2013

By Jim Davis

Two men were killed and a third person was injured in a motor vehicle crash Thursday night in Brandywine.

According to Maryland State Police, the two motorcyclists were traveling northbound on Route 301 when they struck a van that failed to yield to oncoming traffic at Short Cut Road. The accident was reported just after 11 p.m. Thursday.

Police identified the two men who were pronounced dead on the scene as Herby Harold Bolick Jr. and Caleb Decentrey Williams.

The driver of the van has been identified as Brian M. Kauten. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Kauten will be charged with failing to yield the right of way along with other charges, a Maryland State Police official said. As of Friday afternoon, the accident was still under investigation.

This was the third serious motorcycle accident and the second fatal crash in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area this week.

Prince George’s County Police Department has partnered with Maryland State Police, Motor Vehicle Administration and the State Highway Administration for “Share the Road,” a campaign to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents.

“In crashes between cars and motorcycles, drivers of cars are at fault more than half of the time,” Assistant Police Chief Kevin Davis said in a PGPD news release. 

According to Prince George’s police, the county had 10 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2012. The driver was at fault in seven of those collisions.

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