HAGERSTOWN, Md – A woman was taken to a trauma center with serious injuries Tuesday after she was thrown off an erratic motorcycle and her head hit the ground.
The driver of the motorcycle, Gregory Schoen, 38, was charged with DUI, according to Maryland State Police.
MSP said the Hagerstown station was notified at about 4:49 p.m. Tuesday that a female passenger, later identified as Kaleigh Barr, 29, had been thrown off a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Leitersburg Pike near Longmeadow Road and may have been run over.
Police learned the man operating the motorcycle, Gregory Schoen, 38, had been seen speeding and passing vehicles at a high rate of speed while traveling south on Leitersburg Pike. A witness said Schoen was in the opposing lane of traffic passing vehicles when a vehicle began approaching him, and he quickly swerved back into his lane.
The maneuver caused Barr to be thrown off the motorcycle, police said. She struck her head on the pavement, causing her helmet to come off. She was not run over, as an initial report stated.
Barr was seriously injured and flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She was released on Wednesday, police said.
After he completed field sobriety tests, police arrested Schoen for DUI. A breath test showed Schoen’s blood alcohol content was .10, police said. The state’s attorney may file additional charges against Schoen.