Maryland State Police

Charges have been filed in a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred last September near the intersection of Route 50 and 610.

Brian P. Riley, 48, of Altoona, Pennsylvania faces several felony and misdemeanor charges including negligent manslaughter for his involvement in the crash.

On Sept. 18, 2021, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a crash involving two motorcycles shortly after 4:30 p.m.

A preliminary investigation found that Riley was driving a 2011 Harley Davidson with a passenger, Lorrie J. Buoymaster, 49, also of Altoona, before crashing into a 2002 Harley Davidson with a man driving and woman riding.

Buoymaster was seriously injured in the crash and flown to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment, where she succumbed to her injuries the next day.

Also injured in the crash were the man and woman on the other motorcycle were taken to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury and Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, respectively.

Riley was taken into custody at the scene and later released.

The motorcycle wreck was one of three reported by the state police since OC BikeFest began. The first occurred the day before and resulted in the death of a Delaware man. The second occurred on the same day as Riley’s crash and involved a collision with a trooper’s vehicle.

Although it has taken a year to file charges against Riley, the process is complex.

Maryland State Police have two troopers assigned to crash investigations for the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland, and like many police agencies, the department is experiencing a staff shortage.

Additionally, accident reconstruction and compiling data from black boxes in vehicles, cell phones, and other technologies takes time, and so does making sense of the thousands of pages of data.

Once the data is compiled, it is then sent to the state’s attorney’s office for review and to assist with determining the charges.

Based on the information obtained, Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser is seeking the following charges against Riley: Negligent vehicular manslaughter, two counts of negligent vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, and homicide with a vehicle, all felonies, along with criminal negligent vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol, four counts of life-threatening injury with a vehicle while under the influence, two counts of life-threatening injury with a vehicle while impaired, all misdemeanors, and violations of DUI per se, driving while impaired by alcohol, reckless driving, failing to control vehicular speed on a highway to avoid a collision, negligent driving, and more.

Riley is expected to appear in Worcester Circuit Court in Snow Hill on Sept. 28 and his trial is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 9, 2023.

This story appears in the Sept. 16, 2022 print edition of the OC Today.

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