Rockville Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash in Gaithersburg

Police: Saharath Rochanavichit, 41, was thrown from his motorcycle on Great Seneca Highway on Sunday night.


A Rockville man died from injuries suffered when he was thrown from a motorcycle he was driving Sunday night on Great Seneca Highway in Gaithersburg, county police said in a news release.

Saharath Rochanavichit, 41, of the 13500 block of Oriental Street in Rockville, died of his injuries at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, police said.

County and Gaithersburg city police as well as county fire and rescue units responded to a report of a serious collision about 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, the release said.

An investigation by county police's Collision Reconstruction Unit determined that Rochanavichit was northbound on Great Seneca Highway near High Gables Drive when, for reasons that remain unclear, the 2009 Ducati motorcycle he was driving struck a curb on the right side of the roadway, police reported.

Rochanavichit was thrown from the motorcycle and struck a light pole on the right side of the road, the release said.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the county police department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.

BG August 16, 2012 at 02:34 AM
He was a wonderful, smart and very careful driver, It was clearly someone changing lanes and he was avoiding a crash only to be taken.Such a young, vital and good friend of mine has passed. God rest his soul and may he have true peace now.
Joe Thomas August 16, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Sounds like a great reason to get your big butt off of motorcycles. They should be banned.
Nikki Rouse August 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Wow, Joe, thanks for the well wishes and all. Motorcycles most certainly do NOT need to be banned. It's really not even worth responding to that comment, but I can't resist pointing out ignorance. And there is no need to be insulting..you don't know me. The truth of the matter (proven by statistics) is that most motorcycle accidents are either the fault of another vehicle driver, or lack of experience and proper training on the part of the rider. Both those problems can be handled through education and driver training and awareness. Motorcycles don't kill people, bad driving does.
Nikki Rouse August 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM
To BG, my sympathies. I hope they are able to determine the cause of the accident, whether it was deer or another driver.
Joe Thomas August 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I rarely see a motorcycle being operated safely. They are either passing over double yellow lines, speeding, traveling in packs three abreast, or weaving in and out of traffic. Sounds like you are right. "Bad driving" kills people.


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