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.

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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