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A veteran Baltimore County career Fire lieutenant died early this morning in a motorcycle crash in Prince George's County. Another motorcyclist also died in this crash.

Hubert Harrison Jr., 63, has served with the Baltimore County Fire Department for nearly 29 years. He was promoted to Paramedic/Firefighter in 2004 and achieved the rank of lieutenant in 2009.

His most recent assignment was Fire Dispatch, where he was responsible for assigning equipment and personnel to emergency calls. He worked at Fire Dispatch in Towson last night and left when his shift ended at about 4 a.m. He apparently was on his way back to his home in Bowie when the fatal crash occurred.

"This is a terrible loss for the Fire Department and an even greater tragedy for Lt. Harrison's family," said Fire Chief John Hohman. "We offer heartfelt condolences to his wife and loved ones, and will offer all the support we can in the difficult days ahead."

The Prince George's County Police Department is handling the investigation. Preliminary information from PGPD indicates that the crash occurred at about 4:40 a.m. in the 11500 block of Laurel-Bowie Road. Harrison's 2014 Honda Goldwing motorcycle collided, head on, with another motorcycle. Both motorcyclists died at the scene.

Questions about the crash should be referred to PGPD.

UPDATE (August 11  9:30 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the suspect taken into charged in connection with an incident in Randallstown on Tuesday as 32-year-old Justice Darnell Goodwin of the 1400 block of Poplar Grove Street 21216.  He has been charged with two counts of second degree assault and resisting arrest. He was also issued traffic citations and is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Just before 11:30 a.m., a Baltimore County Police Officer was on patrol in the area of Old Court Road and Reisterstown Road when he received information that a person who was the registered owner of a Honda 4door had a possible warrant. The officer stopped the Honda at Old Court Road and Woodling Way to investigate further.

The officer found that Goodwin was the driver of the Honda and that he had an open arrest warrant through Washington County, Maryland. When police asked Goodwin to exit the vehicle, he refused, and resisted attempts by officers to remove him from the vehicle. During the struggle, an officer deployed pepper spray. Goodwin then took the keys from the top of the vehicle, started it, and drove away.

Officers were able to get the Honda stopped again at Painters Mill Road and Riverstone Drive. Both Goodwin and the passenger in the vehicle were taken into custody. The passenger was released after it was determined that he had no involvement in the incident at the initial traffic stop.

While responding to assist with the incident. A marked Baltimore County Police vehicle collided with a Honda CRV at Old Court and Allenswood Road. The driver of the Honda CRV was taken to an area hospital for treatment on non-life threatening injuries.  The officer was not injured.

Booking Photograph of Justice Darnell Goodwin

UPDATE (August 11  3:17 p.m.):

The suspect that assaulted the officer at the original traffic stop was determined to be the driver of the suspect vehicle. The second person in the vehicle was determined to have nothing to do with the assault and was released.

UPDATE (August 11  2:41 p.m.):

The preliminary review of the crash by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team has indicated that a marked patrol car was being operated with its lights and siren on Old Court Road. A 2012 Honda CRV was stopped on Allenswood Road at the intersection with Old Court Rd. As the patrol car turned right from Old Court Road onto Allenswood Road it struck the Honda CRV.

The operator of the Honda CRV was transported to Northwest Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The operator of the patrol car was not injured.  

This crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team.

Further information on this incident will be released as it becomes available.

Original release (August 11  12:52 p.m.):

At approximately 11:55 a.m., a Baltimore County Police vehicle was involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle in the area of Allenswood Road and Old Court Road 21133. The marked police vehicle was responding to assist with locating a vehicle occupied by a wanted subject that assaulted police and fled from a traffic stop. The marked police vehicle had its lights and siren activated when it collided with the civilian vehicle.

An adult female occupant of the civilian vehicle was transported to Northwest Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. There are no other reports of injuries at this time.

The suspect vehicle that fled the traffic stop was located and police currently have two people in custody.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team is on scene investigating this incident.

No further information is available at this time.

A devastating crash in Dundalk Thursday night took the lives of two young women and left two young men in critical condition. 

Brittany Nicole Walker, 22, of the 400 block of Torner Road, 21221; and 20-year-old Gabrielle Pitts of the 7300 block of Chesapeake Road, 21220, were killed instantly when the Honda Prelude in which they were passengers was struck from behind by another vehicle.

The driver of the Prelude, Brandon Ardell Tsioumas, 21, of the 7500 block of Westfield Road, 21222; and the front-seat passenger, Jeff O'Connor, 20, of the 6900 block of Connelly Street, 21224,  remain in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 

Police responded to the crash on North Point Boulevard at Baltimore Street at 8:08 p.m.  The initial investigation reveals that the 1997 Honda Prelude was stopped at a red light, waiting to turn left onto Baltimore Street, when it was struck in the rear by a 2001 Ford Windstar van driven by Jason Robert Vance,33, of the 2500 block of Welsh Avenue, 21219.  The impact was so severe that Walker and Pitts, both rear seat passengers in the Honda, were killed instantly. 

Twelve Baltimore County Fire and EMS units responded to this scene. Fire rescue crews extricated all of the occupants in less than 20 minutes.

The driver of the van, Vance, and his passenger, Terrance Garcia, 20, of the 7300 block of Hughes Ave, 21219, both suffered minor injuries and were treated and released at the scene. 

Baltimore County crash investigators confirmed that neither drugs nor alcohol are factors in this fatal crash. The investigation is ongoing.

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