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A high rate of speed is to blame for a Sunday motorcycle accident in Upper Marlboro where the rider collided with a buzzard before crashing into a fire hydrant and utility pole, said Prince George’s County Police.

Police said David Christopher Norris, 31, of the 1700 block of Whistling Duck Drive in Upper Marlboro was riding his 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle northbound on Brown Station Road about 3:07 p.m. when he struck a buzzard after passing a vehicle on the shoulder, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman.

After Norris struck the buzzard, he crossed the double yellow line before striking a curb and eventually a fire hydrant and utility pole, Copeland said. The buzzard was still attached to Norris and his bike during impact, Copeland said.

Both landed in a wooded area and the buzzard died on the scene while Norris died later after being transported to a hospital, Copeland said.

Copeland said “excessive speed” was a factor in the incident.

Phone calls to Norris’ household were not answered on Monday.

nmcgill@gazette.net