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Motorcyclist killed in crash sparked by buzzard

An Upper Marlboro man was killed in a freak motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon that was sparked, in part, when the man collided with a buzzard, police said.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m. on Brown Station Road, near the intersection with Brooke Lane in the Upper Marlboro area, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland. He said a man on a motorcycle had just passed a vehicle on the right shoulder when he collided with a “low flying buzzard.” The impact caused the man to lose control of his bike and veer across the road, where he ran into a curb, fire hydrant and utility pole, Copeland said.

The man, 31-year-old David Christopher Norris, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Copeland said. He said Norris was speeding, and investigators believed that, in addition to the “freakish” collision with the buzzard, caused the crash.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.
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