BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A young man was killed and another was injured in Anne Arundel County when his dirt bike collided with an SUV. Police say the two on the bike were riding illegally without any lights or helmets on.
Christie Ileto explains reckless dirt bike riding is a growing problem.
Dirt bikes are a culture on Maryland streets and that lifestyle is turning deadly.
“The driver who turned in front of the dirt bike did not see that dirt bike coming down the roadway,” said TJ Smith, Anne Arundel County police.
Riding with no lights, late at night on Crain Highway, Calvin Savoy and a friend t-boned an SUV over the holiday weekend. Shattered glass still frames the Glen Burnie intersection.
“It was two gentlemen laying in the street,” said Lillian Gaither.
Gaither witnessed the aftermath.
“He was right in front of the mailbox. He was not responding at all. The other 19-year-old, every time they would touch him, he would be hollering,” she said.
The Glen Burnie crash highlights the growing culture of illegal dirt bikes being driven around the metro area. Reisterstown Road is a popular strip for bikers to ride down.
A recent documentary spotlights the growing trend that’s gaining notoriety for blocking traffic and taunting police who have a no chase policy.
“We’re not trying to hurt nobody,” said Pug Ford.
In a revealing interview with WJZ, the film’s star, Pug Ford, speaks candidly.
“There’s three options here that you can do: sell drugs, ride bikes or shoot each other,” he said.
“It’s a dangerous thing, the way they ride those bikes in and out of traffic and speeding and they put other people in danger,” said Gaither.
At Crain and Jackson, it’s a cautionary tale of how deadly this dirt bike culture is becoming.
The driver of the SUV had minor injuries.