St. Leonard Motorcyclist Dead After Thomas Johnson Bridge Accident

SOLOMONS, Md. (Feb. 11, 2008)—A thirty year-old St. Leonard man, Paul M. Coon, is dead after losing control of his motorcycle on the Thomas Johnson Bridge and subsequently being run over by another vehicle last Thursday around 9:43 a.m.

According to police in Calvert County, Coon was riding a 2001 Yamaha YZF600 motorcycle traveling northbound on Md. Rt. 4 across the bridge headed for Solomons. Coon was following a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by George W. Butt, 45 of Mechanicsville. Butt reportedly slowed to avoid hitting other traffic that was attempting to avoid a cardboard box in the roadway.

Coon's motorcycle struck Butt's vehicle on the left rear bumper. Coon was ejected from the motorcycle into the southbound lanes of Md. Rt. 4 and into the path of a 2006 Toyota Sienna LE van being driven by Courtney L. Stewart, 31 of Lusby. Stewart's vehicle struck Coon who was later pronounced dead on the scene.

Coon had been wearing a full face helmet.

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