A Bladensburg man was killed in a fiery motorcycle crash in the Landover area while allegedly speeding down U.S. 50 near Md. 410 Saturday afternoon.
Donnel Dandre McCoy, 29, of the 5400 block of Taussig Road, was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound around 6 p.m. when he changed lanes and struck the back bumper of a Mercedes-Benz, tossing him from his motorcycle, according to Maryland State Police.
“The motorcycle kept going once he was ejected and struck and concrete divider and caught fire and it looks like it landed on top of the operator,” said Sgt. Jon Johnson, an MSP spokesman.
McCoy was pronounced dead on the scene and a portion of roadway was shut down for roughly three hours while crash debris was cleared, Johnson said.
Johnson said McCoy had been riding with three other motorcyclists at around 100 mphat the time of the incident. He said the occupants of the Mercedes-Benz were uninjured.
McCoy’s wife, Ebony McCoy, 32, said her husband went riding with his cousins Saturday afternoon.
“I’m floored,” said Ebony McCoy. “I don’t know what to do. I lost my husband and the father of my kids.”
She said Donnel McCoy is originally from Washington, D.C., but they moved to Bladensburg in 2010. They were married for two years, she said.
“He is awesome. He is a superman. He was always there to help everybody,” Ebony McCoy said. “Our kids mean the world to him and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for his kids.”
Donnel McCoy is the second motorcyclist to have died in Prince George’s County in the last week.
On Sept. 19 in College Park, Kenneth Crandell, Jr. 27, of Clinton allegedly sped off during a traffic stop near the University of Maryland, College Park campus, according to university police.
University police said an officer could not see a license plate on the rear of the motorcycle and initiated a traffic stop by turning on his emergency lights when the motorcyclist sped off eastbound on Paint Branch Parkway near the intersection of Paint Branch and Route 1.
Capt. Mark Limansky, a university police spokesman, said Crandell installed a license plate retractor known as “quick tags” or a “plate flipper” and his license plate was in the upright position and not visible, which is why the officer attempted to stop him.
Crandell lost control and veered into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes, colliding with a four-door Acura, police said. He was seriously injured and transported to Prince George’s Hospital where he later died, university police said. The occupants of the Acura were uninjured.
District resident Rodney Campbell said he knew Crandell for “quite a while.”
“He was a great guy. He was a [Navy] veteran,” he said.
Limansky said police are unsure why Crandell decided to flee the traffic stop.
“There was no reason. He wasn’t wanted. He had no criminal record and no real bad traffic history,” Limansky said. “It’s just an unusual thing, it’s sad.”