A 19-year-old Mount Airy man died Monday evening after crashing his motorcycle while racing on Interstate 70, according to state police.

Dustin Michael Curtis lost control of his 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle while racing at least two other vehicles and laid the bike down on its side, causing him to slide across the highway and into a guardrail, according to Maryland State Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene, a state police press release said.

The operators of the vehicles involved in the racing were identified near the scene of the crash, on westbound I-70 east of exit 62 for Md. 75 near New Market.

The people from the other vehicles were taken to the Frederick Barrack to be interviewed by investigators, according to state police. The Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office was called to the crash scene and is aware of the investigation to this point, state police said in a press release.

State police also identified witnesses at the scene and will present the findings of the investigation to the state’s attorney for review.

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Condolences to the families.


Agreed. Many idiots on the road and I always look twice for motorcycles but "idiots" go both ways too. I've experienced no shortage of motorcyclists tailgating, not using a turn signal, riding between cars/traffic lanes etc. Maddening.


I was driving 70 east at Mount Airy recently and saw two young men racing on motorcycles; one of them then began doing wheelies. I now wonder if that part of 70 is "the place" for this kind of racing. The police have a tough-enough job, but I hope they can spot and arrest others before they, too, wind up dead. It's tragic.


So young. Don't be stupid, people!


Seatbelts people. Wear your seatbelts!!!!


Never saw a seatbelt on a motocycle, but good advice anyway.


Airbags a good idea also.

And much fatter wheels. Really wide wheels on a motorcycle would add stability and maybe slow them down...imagine a construction pavement roller. Wider tires means no weaving among traffic or racing.

Just keep thin tires on bicycles, which require human energy.


Shift so right you are, a young boy and a shame. I noticed Happy remark below without a reply box. Experience is what you need handling any vehicle. Currently still down in Virginia Beach/Williamsburg area vacationing on my H/D trike. No matter what State I travel in IDIOTS behind the wheel. Love it when one of these IDIOTS don`t take time in looking for a motorcycle. IDIOTS pull out in front of me in a 50 mph zone and decide to go 35mph the whole way. Jump up beside them or pass them and guess what? intexticated!! Couple of these IDIOTS have lost a outside driver side/passenger mirror or windshield wiper blade if I catch them at a stop light. Two wheel peddlers IDIOTS by not going by bicycle law. A couple times a IDIOT peddler almost became a bug on my windshield or a speed bump on corners of country roads. Been driving, riding 48 years now with 1 accident. That was on a motorcycle when I was 24 and a IDIOT at the time in driving. Concentrating on driving COMPLETELY and experience saves lives.

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