Harley rider succumbs to injuries after failing to negotiate curve


LA PLATA, Md. (April 26, 2022)—Maryland State Police report that an Indian Head man perished from injuries sustained when his motorcycle ran off the road Monday afternoon. Police identified the man as Robert James Toppi, age 43.

A preliminary investigation conducted by troopers indicates a 2020 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Mr. Toppi was traveling westbound on Maryland Route 6 in the area Valley Road around 2:50 p.m. Mr. Toppi failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and traveled off the roadway into a grassy field. While traveling across the field, the Harley Davidson struck a drainage ditch. Mr. Toppi was ejected from the motorcycle.

Mr. Toppi was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Driver error appears to be a factor in the collision. Mr. Toppi was also found to be wearing a non-DOT approved helmet at the time of the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Duty Officer at the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200.

The investigation is continuing and being investigated by TFC R. Kreczmer of the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack and Tpr. J. Engleman of the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack. (22-MSP-015947).

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