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Baltimore County Police are investigating two separate fatal crashes today.

The first occurred around 9:20 p.m. last night on Liberty Road near Florida Road. The preliminary investigation indicates that the rider of a motorcycle, identified as Rudy Anthony Coles (48) of the 500 block of Valcour Road, 21228, was traveling eastbound on Liberty Road when a 2018 Toyota Corolla traveling westbound in the center turn lane attempted to turn left into the Exxon gas station in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle skidded into the front corner of the Corolla, causing the rider to be thrown from the motorcycle. He was transported to Sinai Hospital and later pronounced deceased. The driver of the Corolla was not injured.

The second crash occurred in White Hall around 9:47 a.m. today on Troyer Road near McComas Road when a Honda Civic traveling south on Troyer Road crossed into the oncoming northbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet Suburban. Both vehicles traveled off the roadway into a field. The driver of the Suburban was not injured but the driver of the Civic was pronounced deceased at the scene. She is identified as Ruth Barbara Ringler of the 17000 block of Troyer Road, 21161. 

Both crashes continue to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team to determine the causative factors involved.

Baltimore County Police have completed the Uniform Crime Reporting numbers for the first six months of 2018. In comparison to the first six months of 2017, Part I violent crime is down 6.9% in Baltimore County. As categorized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Part I Violent Crime is defined as homicide, non-negligent manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, and human trafficking. The downward trend continues with an 8.5% reduction of total Part I crime and a drop of 7.7% in total crime in the County for this time period.

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, “the men and woman of this Department strive every day to do their best to keep Baltimore County safe. It is vital that we team with our partners in local, state and federal government to provide an exemplary police service to our citizens. We have and will continue to work with Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office to ensure that we are not just closing cases, but assisting in successful prosecutions of these crimes.”

“I am pleased to join Chief Sheridan in announcing that crime is down in Baltimore County in the first six months of 2018 compared to 2017,” said Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger. “I am particularly pleased to see a 6.9% drop in violent crime. Thank you to my office’s partner in law enforcement – the Baltimore County Police Department. The Department brings my office quality cases, which allows us to seek lengthy sentences. Lengthy sentences mean that a criminal is off the streets and cannot re-offend. My office will continue to fight hard for public safety.”

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate a shooting in the unit block of Dowling Circle in the Parkville precinct.

Police were called to the area just before midnight for an 18-year-old man suffering at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim arrived at the location and exited his vehicle when he was confronted by two unknown suspects. An argument ensued followed by a short struggle, during which one of the suspects produced a handgun and shot the victim. The suspects fled the location prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit are investigating this crime as an attempted robbery.

Revised June 27, 2017