New concerns over deadly stretch of highway after motorcyclist killed in Md.
FT. WASHINGTON, Md. (ABC7) —
According to police, 38-year-old Russell Lee, Jr., of Montgomery Village, was ripping up Indian Head Highway on a sport bike, far above the speed limit he raced through a red light at Palmer Road and crashed into the back of a car that had just entered the roadway with a green light.
"It's perhaps the most dangerous road in the Washington metro area. Twenty fatalities in last four years, including five this year," said AAA Mid-Atlantic Spokesman John Townsend.
Townsend says the long, straight road breeds reckless behavior.
ABC7 has reported extensively on the resulting crashes.
In June, a driver was killed when hit by a vehicle that had been road racing.
Two died in July when a wrong-way driver caused a head-on collision.
"It’s a lawless road because no one obeys the speed limits or traffic rules," said Townsend.
According to Townsend, police need to beef up enforcement.
Prince George’s County Deputy Police Chief Chris Murtha says the department already has.
"Between our motorcycle initiatives and our drunk driving initiatives and our traffic initiative, we’ve put a lot of resources into this," said Murtha.