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UPDATE: 24-Year-Old Germantown Motorcyclist Killed on Great Seneca Highway

A 24-year-old Germantown man was killed Monday after a collision at the intersection of Great Seneca Highway and Longdraft Road.

Update (9:35 p.m.): A 24-year-old Germantown man was killed Monday after his motorcycle collided with the side door of a vehicle trying to make a left turn on to Great Seneca Highway from Longdraft Road, Montgomery County police said.

The victim, Michael George Balcom, of the 13200 block of Wonderland Way, was traveling on northbound Great Seneca Highway on his 2001 Suzuki SV650s motorcycle when a 1998 BMW 528i attempted to turn on to the road in front of Balcom, police said. The motorcycle collided with the passenger side door of the BMW, and Balcom was thrown from the motorcycle.

An off duty Montgomery County police officer came upon the collision just after it occurred and, along with a citizen, rendered first aid to Balcom, police said. Balcom was transported to Shady Grove hospital where he died, police said.

The driver of the BMW was identified as Toney Williams Moses, 67, of the 16900 block of Horn Point Drive in Gaithersburg, police said.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation, police said. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435. 

Original Post (2:44 p.m.): A motorcyclist received life-threatening injuries today in a crash with another vehicle on Great Seneca Highway. The road was shutdown while investigators attempted to determine what happened.

At around 1:45 p.m., Montgomery County Police responded to reports of a crash involving a vehicle and a motorcycle, Montgomery County Police Officer Rebecca Innocenti told Patch.

The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital for life-threatening injuries; further details were unavailable.

As of 2:30 p.m., Great Seneca Highway remained shut down near Longdraft Road as collision reconstruction crews investigate the scene.

Police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

Courtney September 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I witnessed it? I was told to move on! Someone please let me know what happened!
Courtney September 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM
***witnessed it! Didn't mean the ? Mark!
Mike September 11, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Courtney - Your information will be needed. I would contact the police and give them your contact info. Also, if it was the motorcyclist's fault, I would contact the driver of the other car (now named in the article) and give him your contact info.
Leslie Stewart September 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM
This is the second motorcycle fatality on Great Seneca in a month (maybe 2). There was also a bicycle accident off Great Seneca & High Gables drive yesterday. Perhaps it's time to rethink the speed limits on this road and improve the signage. Also, a stop light is sorely needed at High Gables Drive.
EL September 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Long draft needs a left turn signal!
Sandy Krems September 11, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I think its important to point out that a witness should always contact law enforcement authorities as soon as possible and provide detailed, factual information about what they saw, and not draw conclusions about "fault."
LB September 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
In no way am I placing blame on either party in this tragic incident as we do not know the circumstances, but something needs to be done on Great Seneca Highway. The whole thing is a giant drag strip where cars and motorcycles race. I hear them inside my home 2 streets away from Great Seneca. Lowering the speed limit does NOTHING but change the signs. I am pretty sure the signs don't read 80+ mph which is what a lot of people do out there. When will the police start, and I stress START, monitoring it. I don't know the last time I saw radar on Great Seneca Highway? This seems to be a justifiable place for some speed cameras if the police aren't willing to monitor what is becoming a death trap.
Margaret McCarthy September 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Bottom line. People in motor vehiclesHAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS! I ride and even though I am extremely cateful, people drive with their heads yp their posteriors and just dont see bikers!
Nikki Rouse September 11, 2012 at 09:44 PM
My condolences to the family of the rider, and to the family of the car driver as well. I can't imagine the emotional stress. My husband and I were also injured in a motorcycle accident recently (Aug. 12 on 270S near 370 exit) and would love to hear from witnesses. Witnesses often think so many others must have stepped up that they don't need to. That's usually not true. Please don't hesitate if you witness an accident. Tell the police what you saw. Even if it's different from other views, it helps put the whole picture together.
ben marshall September 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
This has been a lighted intersection for years. Someone did something terrible wrong & had to run a red light. The extent of damage to the car + the distances traveled after impact should clear up questions of velocity but..... not right-of-way. There's even a couple of seconds null zone where both lights are RED to help mitigate this kind of accident.
PM September 12, 2012 at 06:23 PM
It is so sad this lost, who we met Mike we know how responsible he was. My most sincere condolonces to all his family. Big lost, he had all his future in front of him, always ready to help anybody. He started working for the company hew was working for, and he got promoted for his excellent work, he bought his first house just a couple of years ago and he was even going to be sponsored to get a college degree. So sad to lost such an incredible person with all his future ahead of him. Rest in peace Mike. We will love you always. his company
KS September 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I was so sad when I read what had happened. I didnt know him but it seems like the driver of the BMW is at fault. I couldnt stop thinkinh about Michael all day because he was so young. I hope you and your family friend strength to get thru this very difficult time.
KS September 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I agree. I used to ride and my cousins husband was in a motorcycle accident last year and had major head trauma. It took him 4 months to heal up and remember who he was. It was hell and same thing happened. Someone made a turn in front of him and caused him to collide in with the van and he also was thrown off the motorcycle. I too am not trying to put blame but the article doesnt say anything about speed being an issue on behalf of the motorcyclist.
Nicole September 15, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Sad for everyone involved. On a side note all this talk about watching for bikers...some bikers are not safe! Swerving through cars at high rates of speed, doing tricks etc. Scares me when Im driving. I wish bikers were more careful and not think "im on a bike i can get away with it"
Annie Balcom September 16, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Not all bikers are like those you describe. Many are scared to death of other drivers and take all safety precautions and drive responsibly. Yes there are those idiots out there who think they're invincible...but my brother was not one of them. Regardless- drivers need to be more aware that they share the road with motorcyclists and look for both oncoming cars AND bikes before making turns.
Daryl September 26, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Amen Margaret!! Cell phones and gps systems are just too important for drivers to focus on the road... especially when it comes to seeing us bikers. If I counted how many times I get cut off by these idiots in one day, I'd drive myself crazy!!
Daryl September 26, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Well said Annie!!

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