A cyclist died after running a red light and crashing his bike into a Ford Explorer on Tuesday.  

(Aug. 2, 2019) Brian Douglas, 27, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, died Tuesday, after he fled from police and crashed his motorcycle on Coastal Highway around 59th Street. 

Police officers reported they had encountered Douglas earlier that day when they attempted to stop a motorcycle near 45th Street, but the driver had fled the area. 

Police did not initiate a pursuit and lost sight of the driver, an Ocean City Police Department press release said.

The absence of a pursuit by police at the time of the crash was confirmed by witnesses near the scene at the time of the accident.

Around 9:44 p.m., Ocean City Communications received a call about a crash on 59th Street. 

Through an early investigation, OCPD learned that Douglas had been the driver who had fled from officers earlier. 

Douglas ran a red light and crashed his motorcycle into a Ford Explorer SUV that was making a U-turn, according to police reports.

 Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The three occupants of the Ford were not injured. 

The crash resulted in the closure of northbound lanes on Coastal Highway for several hours.

The case is under investigation, and no other information is available at this time.  

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