PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (March 29, 2010)—Quamaine Shavazz Harris, 16, of Lexington Park, died Sunday as a result of a single-vehicle motorcycle accident in Prince Frederick.
Witnesses told police Harris was pleasure riding a blue 2000 Yamaha YZ80 off-road motorcycle up and down the gravel portion of Mason Road extension for approximately one hour before the crash, which occurred around 6:15 p.m.
During the crash sequence, witnesses say Harris started in the southerly direction on the gravel extension of Mason Road and came to a slight hill-crest after which the roadway curved to the left. As the motorcycle crested the hill, Harris lost control and entered a skid. The motorcycle left the gravel roadway and struck a tree approximately two and half feet from the road edge. Harris was ejected from the vehicle and struck the same tree. Both Harris and the motorcycle came to rest near the tree, with the motorcycle on top of the teen.
Police say Harris sustained mortal injuries and was pronounced dead at Calvert Memorial Hospital by the Emergency Room staff. The cause of death is pending the autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.
Police say Harris was not wearing any personal protective equipment required for operating a motorcycle in the State of Maryland.
The accident was investigated by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team (CRT).
This was the second fatal motorcycle accident in southern Maryland over the weekend. On Saturday, a 31-year-old Waldorf man died
as a result of an accident just north of Waldorf on Route 301 where his motorcycle struck a minivan that had crossed his lane of travel. Police cited speed as the determining factor in that crash.