- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Calvert County motorcyclist lost a leg and two other motorcycle riders also were injured Saturday afternoon in Leonardtown, Maryland State Police report, when a utility trailer became detached from a van and collided with three motorcycles traveling on Point Lookout Road.
James Willard Dicarlo of North Beach was fitted with a tourniquet by a state trooper immediately after the 1:12 p.m. accident, according to the local barrack commander, and a state police helicopter crew flew Dicarlo to the University of Maryland Hospital’s shock-trauma center in Baltimore. A U.S. Park Police helicopter crew flew Travis Eric Donbullian of Chesapeake Beach to the Prince George’s Hospital Center, and Hollywood rescue volunteers took Janet Clair Steed of Crofton, a passenger on one of the motorcycles, to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.
Dicarlo was riding a 2010 Harley-Davidson Cruiser and Donbullian was operating a 2004 Harley-Davidson Classic on the highway when the utility trailer on the 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by Michael Joseph McAloon of Woodbine got loose, police report, and the trailer struck a guardrail before crossing the entire roadway, striking three motorcycles and stopping against the southbound shoulder guardrail. Two of the motorcycle operators and the passenger were thrown from the motorcycles they were riding on, police report, and Brian Douglas Mansfield, a Huntingtown resident operating the third motorcycle, a 1995 Harley-Davidson Classic, declined medical treatment at the scene.
State police Trooper Michael A. Moore, a 10-year veteran of the police agency, was talking to a woman in his cruiser about an unrelated motor vehicle fire when the crash involving the trailer and the motorcycles occurred, police Lt. Michael Thompson said this week.
“He witnessed the accident in his rearview window,” the lieutenant said, and Moore immediately began providing initial emergency medical care, particularly to Dicarlo. A dispatch log report states that the leg was amputated from the knee down.
Moore “was able to get a tourniquet on his leg,” Thompson said. “Had he not been able to get that in place, it likely would have been a fatality.”
Leonardtown fire and rescue volunteers and two medic crew members also responded to assist the injured people, the dispatch log states, and the roadway was closed to traffic until after 4 p.m. during the initial police investigation.
Thompson said the two motorcyclists flown to regional hospitals are expected to survive.
Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the crash, police reported this week from the ongoing investigation.