UPDATE: Fatal Accident In Bel Air Causes Traffic Delays

One man was killed in the crash.

UPDATE (8:25 p.m.)—A motorcycle crash claimed the life of a Perryville man and delayed traffic in the Bel Air area Friday afternoon.

Around 2:18 p.m. a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle, and a silver 2010 Hyundai Elantra crashed in the area of Route 22 and Route 543 in Bel Air, according to a release from Maryland State Police with the Bel Air Barrack.

Police determined a 17-year-old Bel Air boy of the 200 block of Fairwood Drive was westbound in the Hyundai when he tried to turn left into Wawa, according to the release.

The car crossed in front of the motorcycle, driven by 49-year-old Monte Alonzo Greenhow of Perryville, the release states. Greenhow tried to avoid the car, but ultimately crashed into the back of it and was ejected, police say.

A helicopter was initially called to the scene, but that request was later canceled, police said.

Greenhow, of the 200 block of Thomas Point Way, was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air while suffering traumatic cardiac arrest, Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Association, said. Greenhow was later pronounced dead by hospital staff, according to state police.

Neither the teenage driver nor his passengers were injured in the crash.

The eastbound lanes of Route 22 leading up to the intersection were closed to traffic as a result of the crash and traffic was being detoured onto Econ Drive. The road was reopened to traffic around 4 p.m.

It was the second crash involving a motorcycle to take place in Harford County Friday. The first took place at Route 155 and Paradise Road in Havre de Grace after noon, Gardiner said.

The accident remained under investiagion as of Friday night.

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Alexis G. September 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM
This is my neighbor. His daughter is one of my very good friends. We go to school together, same grade and same classes. They live 2 houses up from me. Ive been with her all day. & I've talked to the motorcyclist's wife and son as well, it is crazy. I cannot believe it.
FFdave September 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Why does it matter if the driver had his provisional drivers license? That doesn't make him a better or worse driver than anyone else out there. A poor man lost his life and I love how people on here pick apart and speculate how this happen. If you weren't there don't assume.
Judy Brown Testerman September 16, 2012 at 01:10 AM
My heart & Prayers goes out to the Greenhow family & friends. Kids under 18 yrs old should NOT be driving.
jc September 16, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Age isn't the problem. IIt's due to inexperienced driving. A new driver is a new driver whether 16, 18 or 40.
Eric R. September 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I was a firefighter who responded to this accident (I'm the guy in gray on the right in the first picture). This was, without a doubt, the worst accident I have ever seen.
Heidi Humphreys September 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I saw the whole accident, I was right behind Mr Greenhow. I was also one of the first responders who took MrGreehow's pulse and helped preform CPR until the paramedics came. This accident wasn't Mr Greenhow's fault. His right of way was taken away from him by an inexperienced 17 yr old driver who also had other teens in his vehicle at the time of the accident. My heart goes out to the Greenhow family. Such a terrible accident. Heidi H.
Ashley September 17, 2012 at 03:31 AM
You don't have to have someone who is 21 in the car on a provisional license, only when you're on a drivers permit. A provisional license simply has the restrictions that you can't have anyone that isn't family under a certain age and that you can't be driving past midnight.
Karl Schuub September 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
That is complete and utter BS. Motorcycles are not invisible. I see them; slow down and give them room just in case something happens. They're freakin' invisible to morons that aren't paying attention.
Karl Schuub September 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM
You really gonna stick with the hocus pocus; now you see it now you don't, motorcycles are invisible crap? Not only do you see bikes if you're paying attention; you freakin' hear them. Conscientious drivers don't hit motorcycles...poor drivers, inattentive drivers, aggressive drivers and imbeciles hit motorcycles; but they hit other cars too - it's just that when you hit a motorcycle it more often results in a fatality or serious injury.
1ke September 17, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Does anyone have any concerns about the strip-mall style of commercial development and the zoning process that supports it? Take it away, folks.
Jeebacus September 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM
they oughta leave all that strip shopping down on Baltimore Street
Karl Schuub September 17, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The only idiocy shown here is you. I surely didn't suggest you rely on hearing a motorcycle as a means of identifying if there is one and locating it ignoring all other safety criteria that ought to be used to judge if it's safe to change lanes. Motorcycles are at fault 2/3's of the time. Wanna link where you get those facts and then explain how the f that has anything to do with what happened here? I'm hear to tell you that this wasn't a 25 year old rider on a crotch rocket. That demographic is quite different and you know it. This inexperienced driver in a car full of teens cut off a motorcycle because he was distracted and wasn't being careful enough. You are correct that this guy must have been invisible though...everybody is invisible when you don't freakin' look.
Justin September 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I drove past the scene friday afternoon and it was the cars fault. Anyone who knows that intersection knows that the light at 543 and 22 backs up and everyone sits in the one lane because the right lane ends right past royal farms. So the car went in the break of the lane. But the people do go into the right lane to turn at 22. The car went through the line like nothing was happening the motorcycle came up in the right lane and hit the car. I also am a new motorcycle owner myself and live right by CMW High. I feel for the rider because it wasn't his fault. Condolences to the family
Bob September 17, 2012 at 04:55 PM
It is absolutely ridiculous how many people on here want to turn this into a motorcycle discussion or a young driver discussion. The real issue is with the intersection of Rt-22 and the driveway. It is inherantly dangerous. It has horrendous sight lines, is an overloaded intersection and it is next to a failing intersection (Rt 543/22). There should be no left turns in or out of that driveway and then the problem forever is solved, PERIOD! While legally it is the young mans fault, it is an "accident" based mainly on a bad traffic design that led to a faulty turn by the driver and I have no doubt some contribuatory negligence by the biker. The sad thing is that this was all preventable. I know I have called the State on numerous occasions and asked them to perform a traffic study regarding all of the accidents that happen on a daily basis at that intersection between Econ and Rt 543. .
1ke September 17, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Are you running for office on the Tea Party ticket, Jeebacus? Next.
Bob September 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
So I guess the driver didn't see the biker? Why is that? What was the bike's speed? And because you drove past the accident, but didn't see it, you know whose fault it is right?
Justin September 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Bob try some decaf. You answered the questions yourself. I am not blaming anyone. Yes it was due to lack of sight line as you said. It is impossible to see the right lane when you are in that situation. I drove past the scene and actually talked to the people up the hill at the starbucks that watched it occur and were telling everyone what happened. And all accidents are preventable....hence the word accident.
Karl Schuub September 17, 2012 at 05:09 PM
That's such BS. A poorly designed intersection might be a good reason to modify your driving and be additionally cautious. If you don't have good vision forward and knowledge that it's safe to turn out or switch lanes you don't do it. Contributary negligence of the motorcyclist is pure unadulterated BS on your part - you have no idea what the circumstance was. The only things we know are the incident was initiated by the driver of the car and resulted in the death to another driver and that's all we know. To suggest this guy on the bike contributed to his death is an insult to his next of kin. Stick it.
Local Resident September 17, 2012 at 06:03 PM
The problem is not the 17 year old driver, it's the intersection. I know this kid personally and he is a good guy and very responsible. Don't get me wrong, I really do feel for Mr. Greenhow and his family. Just imagine if it was your son or daughter in this accident. Would you still want them charged with manslaughter? It was an accident and I understand he did make a mistake. People are so brutal on here and have so much hate. Put your time to good use and pray for both families.
1ke September 17, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Maybe we could invest in motorcycles for all the mean-spirited and hateful commentators and send them screaming down Rt. 543.
steelhorse September 17, 2012 at 07:17 PM
First off, there is no such thing as an accident. Bad decisions lead to bad results. Your great guy buddy was in too much of a hurry to wait until the lanes were clear to go hang out at the wa wa. I hope they charge him with vehicular manslaughter. I live near there and regardless of the road design, if you can't be 100% sure the road is clear. Wait
Hazzard Native September 17, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I am in and out of that Wawa several times per week. Yep, the sight lines are not good, but, so what? If I can not see what is coming because of a line of traffic, I don't guess, I wait for the line to clear. There are many, many instances while driving where we need to wait for a line of traffic to clear before proceeding, this is just one of them. Prayers to the family.
Bob September 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM
You know when they had a problem with head-ons on the Bypass, they spent millions fixing the road because they knew it was a dangerous design. How many accidents have there been since the fix -ZERO. People need to put their energy into fixing the problem. But that requires work.
DD September 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I agree there shouldn't be any judging, both families are effected. If you saw it happen, you know that it was the motorcycle that was in a hurry. The car waited for an opening and it was the motorcycle that got impatient and zoomed up the lane FAST!
Mark Greenhow September 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
For all you did to aid my brother and all you do for others, I thank you. May God bless and keep you safe and happy. Mark Greenhow, RHIT, USN (RET)
Melanie Greenhow-Dyson October 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Thank you for saying that. People seem to forget that he had a family. While they constantly debate over if he was going to fast or not. Among other things. My brother was a very cautious driver, more important he was greatly loved by many. And a great man to know. I miss him. I just want to thank you for remembering GOD first and saying a prayer for him and my family. GOD bless you always.
Melanie Greenhow-Dyson October 04, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I just wanted to say GOD bless you Heidi. Thank you for trying to save my brother. Thank you for all you do to try and help others. GOD'S blessings over you always. Your comment means the most to me. Because you were actually there and tried to help. :)
Melanie Greenhow-Dyson October 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
For the record it was not my brother's fault. Known fact: He had the right of way and was cut off. Nor was he speeding or in the fast lane. He was in the slow lane. By law, his being cut off, makes it the kid who was driving fault. Hopefully you know that by now. Though it won't change the fact that my brother is GONE. For someone who agreed there should be no judging. How is it that you felt it was okay to pass judgement on my brother. Who you didn't know, nor where you there when he was killed.
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Melanie Greenhow-Dyson November 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
How sad for you both. Since my GOD is a GREAT GOD and loves us all. Even in your laughter over other peoples sorrow. May HIS blessings flow over you just the same. Have a GOD filled blessed day.


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