Local bartender reacts to double fatal crash in Reistertown
REISTERTOWN, Md. (WBFF) -- Investigators have not yet identified the man and woman killed in a crash that shut down a portion of SR 140 in Baltimore County for several hours on Saturday.
It happened around 10:30 p.m., just south of the Baltimore county and Carroll county line in Reisterstown.
According to investigators, a couple on a motorcycle turned left onto 140 from the Reisterstown Moose Family Center. But, for an unknown reason was traveling north in the southbound lane and collided with an on-coming car, officials said.
The motorcycle driver, a 59-year-old man and his passenger, a 55 year old woman were pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials later confirmed the driver of the car is an Anne Arundel County police officer who was off duty at the time. A spokesperson with the AACPD said the officer was taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment and later released Saturday.
The crash happened near the Full Moon Bar and Grill.
A bartender there told Fox 45 the woman killed walked into the bar just minutes before the crash.
“I greeted her, asked how her night was going,” said Tyler Horton, who added the woman didn’t stay long.
Minutes later, while serving customers, Horton and others inside Full Moon heard the crash.
Horton and another bartender ran outside to help while others called 911.
“As soon as I got a little closer I knew there was no way either of them had made it,” said Horton.
Horton’s co-worker went to help the driver of the car, unaware at first the man was an off-duty police officer for the Anne Arundel County Police Department. "The car’s airbags had deployed and the man was conscious," he said.
Horton and many customers watched as investigators reconstructed the crash. All, devastated lives were lost here.
“Its very, very sad,” said one man. “We actually know some people who knew the couple.”
As for Horton, he said he is still processing the horrific crash.
“Watching the security footage of the bar afterwards, of me talking with her. You don’t realize in the moment, a couple minutes later that that person isn’t there anymore. It was very sobering.”
On Sunday a spokesperson with the Baltimore County Police Department said investigators are looking into whether alcohol was a factor on the part of the motorcycle operator. The investigation is on-going.