Hagerstown: Zachary Macintosh dead after high-speed bike blast on curve


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(HAGERSTOWN, MD) – A motorcyclist was fatally injured in Washington County this afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed, not long after refusing to stop for a state trooper and accelerating away.

The deceased is identified as Zachary A. Macintosh, 29, of the 1600-block of Gibbons Road, Point of Rocks, Md. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Just before 1:00 p.m. today, Lt. Michael Fluharty, commander of the Hagerstown Barrack, was working speed enforcement on eastbound Rt. 40 at Beverly Road near Hagerstown, when he observed a 1999 Suzuki GSXR-750 motorcycle pass his location traveling between an estimated 75-80 mph in a 45 mph zone. Lt. Fluharty activated the emergency lights and siren on his unmarked State Police car and attempted to stop the motorcyclist, later identified as Macintosh.

HIGH-SPEED EXIT FROM LIFE —– Instead of stopping, the driver accelerated away at a high rate of speed eastbound on Rt. 40. For less than one minute, Lt. Fluharty attempted to follow until he saw the driver run a red light, at which time he turned off his emergency equipment, ended his pursuit, and lost sight of the motorcyclist.

About one mile further on Rt. 40, the preliminary investigation indicates Macintosh lost control of the motorcycle when he entered a curve. The motorcycle left the roadway and Macintosh was ejected.

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