I hate pulling up the fatality category and this is the third time today. Ugh.
A cyclist, Curtis A. Leymeister, 47, of Hollywood, MD, was riding on Clark's Landing Road near Scotch Neck Road when he was hit from behind and killed this morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Accord, 20-year-old Kathy May Lee of Hollywood, was unharmed, police said. She was on her way to classes at the College of Southern Maryland and apparently did not see Leymeister, police said.
Police said the fact that Leymeister was traveling in the main roadway, rather than on the shoulder, was considered a major contributor in the crash. They said they were exploring other factors.
Riding in the traffic lane when a shoulder is available IS illegal in Maryland, but come on. You know what was a major contributor to the crash - that the driver didn't see a cyclist right in front of her (and perhaps he was off the shoulder because was preparing for a left turn or the shoulder was in bad shape, etc...there are a lot of loopholes to the rule).
Update: More coverage at SoMdNews.com (but not much)