Man Killed in Dundalk Scooter Crash is Identified

Dale John Updegraff, 47, died about an hour after the collision Sunday at Trappe and Church roads.

Baltimore County police have identified the man killed in a scooter crash in Dundalk on Sunday.

Dale John Updegraff, 47, of the 3700 block of North Point Road, was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center at 1:07 p.m. Sunday, where he was taken after the crash, according to Louise Rogers-Feher, a police spokeswoman.

Baltimore County police and fire personnel responded to the intersection of Church and Trappe roads  shortly after 12 p.m. on Oct. 21,for a report of a collision between a car and a scooter, according to a statement from Cpl. John Wachter.

A preliminary police investigation shows that a Pontiac Vibe was making a left turn from westbound Trappe Road onto Church Road.

The scooter was traveling eastbound on Trappe Road at Church, according to Wachter. The scooter was struck by the Vibe as its driver was making the left turn onto Church Road.

The Baltimore County Police Department crash team is investigating the incident, according to Wachter.

The Vibe driver's name is not being released while the collision is still under investigation, according to Rogers-Feher.

"This information is from a preliminary report," she said Monday. "They will do a full investigation."

REDDs October 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM
We will all miss you Dale. Much love from all ur friends at Left Field Pub. Rest in peace and may you always be remembered.
Al Day October 23, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I really agree with you about this story. It is very sad. However, it is not always possible to see scooters and other small objects moving faster than pedestrians. Call it programming or whatever you like but the tendency is to ingore smaller objects such as this as pedestrians moving more slowly and not at the speeds these travel. I can attest to this by several experiences in my personal life. Both by others who mentioned that they just didn't see motorcycles etc until the very last minute and by my own experience with this. And like I said I don't know completely why this occurs other than the mind bend of expecting the smaller objects to be moving at slower speeds as if they were pedestrians. This is a well documented issue. Many motorcyclists can attest to this as well with stories about how cars just pulled out in front of them. And how they had to be very defensive at intersections and other areas where collisions might occur. I'm not sure whether law can solve this particular issue. I would like to see more solutions such as special lanes or off-road places where these vehicles could operate. I do agree that motorists should be as aware as possible of the possibilities of smaller scooter like vehicles being present. But again these type vehicles are more the exception in daily driving. It's quite a conundrum.
Evets October 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM
By the way, many of those people who Mr. Day asserts cannot see small objects moving slowly seem to have no trouble seeing me well enough to throw bottles and cans at me, or to yell profanities at me for having the gall to legally use the highway on my bicycle.
Bart October 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM
8:23 pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Oh, how right you are Evets. Jog, bike or just simply walk on the side of roads and you are a target for idiots. Ignore smaller objects? You are driving the vehicle. Look!!!! Al Day, you are just making excuses.
missy mech October 25, 2012 at 01:11 PM
rest in peace Dale your co-worker and friends. Duane (night crew at mars) and Missy Duanes fiance. We will miss you at the watering holes.


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