COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Prince George’s County police have released the identity of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in College Park Sunday evening.
According to investigators, 17-year-old Oscar Hernandez of Chillum was allegedly speeding south when he made an illegal U-turn into oncoming traffic, rode up onto a sidewalk, and headed north.
An officer who saw the incident also reportedly made a U-turn and pulled up to the motorcycle, which had paused in a turn lane.
Police say that when the officer activated his lights, the motorcyclist took off, speeding into the intersection and running a red light.
According to police, the officer reported the speeding motorcycle and was told to stop pursuing it.
They say the officer turned off his lights, and kept driving along the motorcycle’s route of travel.
About a half mile away at the intersection with Fox Street, the motorcyclist reportedly maneuvered into oncoming traffic and went through an intersection, running another red light.
According to police, the motorcyclist struck a vehicle head on after passing through the light, and the officer approached the scene.
They say the officer tried to save the motorcyclist's life after the crash, but he died en route to the hospital.
If you have any information pertaining to the incident, police are asking you to call the Prince George’s County police Accident Reconstruction Unit at (301) 731-4422.