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A North Beach man was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash Wednesday evening in Broomes Island after the motorcycle he was operating collided with a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office cruiser.
William David Hammer Jr., 31, died from multiple life-threatening injuries at the scene of the crash, which happened at about 8:11 p.m. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, members of the sheriff’s office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team arrived at the scene of the crash on Broomes Island Road near Mackall Road and found a police cruiser in the tree line just off the eastbound shoulder of Broomes Island Road. The cruiser had severe damage to its front end. Police discovered a heavily damaged motorcycle in the grass near the shoulder. Hammer, the operator of the motorcycle, was found in the westbound shoulder of Broomes Island Road, suffering from multiple life-threatening injuries.
Police said the preliminary investigation discovered that Hammer had been driving the 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle west on Broomes Island Road and lost control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle began to slide, crossed the double yellow line in the road and collided with the cruiser, driven by Dfc. E. Bradley, who was heading east on Broomes Island Road.
Bradley had minor injuries due to the collision, police said, and was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital, treated and released.
Lt. Steve Jones, commander of the Calvert Investigative Team, said Bradley, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, is currently on leave from the sheriff’s office and is under a doctor’s care. He said he does not know when Bradley will return to work and the focus right now is on ensuring Bradley is OK.
“He is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances,” Jones said.
Hammer was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, where an autopsy will be performed.
Jones said Hammer was wearing a helmet, but deputies do not believe it met all required safety standards.
“Our hearts go out to [Hammer’s] family ... and also to our officer,” Jones said.
The Crash Reconstruction Team is continuing the investigation and will look at whether speed was a factor, Jones said. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Sgt. V. Bortchevsky at firstname.lastname@example.org., or 410-535-2800.
Staff writer Rob Perry contributed to this report.