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U.S. 50 motorcycle crash kills Blandensburg man

A Bladensburg man died Saturday after crashing his high-performance motorcycle on U.S. 50 in Landover.

Donnel Dandre McCoy, 29, was among a group of four motorcyclists traveling east at high speed shortly before 6 p.m., Maryland State Police said.

While attempting to merge into the left lane west of Veterans Parkway, McCoy struck the bumper of a Mercedes-Benz traveling in the right lane. He was ejected from the motorcycle, a black-and-orange 2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which caught fire and landed on top of him.

McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene; the other motorcyclists and the occupants of the Mercedes were not injured. Witnesses said the motorcycles were going about 100 mph before the crash. State police continue to investigate.

Eastbound U.S. 50 was closed for about three hours after the accident, police said.

The Ninja ZX-10R is a high-performance “supersport” model. According to a 2007 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, supersport models have driver fatality rates that are four times higher than all other motorcycle models combined.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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