Baltimore County Police investigated two separate fatal crashes involving motorcycles last night.

The first crash occurred on the west side of the county around 6:12 p.m. when a motorcycle traveling south on Black Rock Road north of Falls Road lost control in a curve in the roadway and collided with a guardrail support pole. Baltimore County EMS responded and pronounced the rider deceased at the scene. He is identified as Kevin Dwayne Petty (48) of the 1300 block of Hillcrest Street, 21074.

The second crash occurred on the east side of the county just after 7 p.m. when a Volkswagen Jetta attempted to make a left turn onto Allender Road in front of an oncoming motorcycle which struck the front passenger side of the Jetta. The adult male operator of the motorcycle suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. A female passenger of the motorcycle, identified as Ashley Lynn Simpson (27) of the 7900 block of 35th Street, 21218, suffered critical injuries and was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the Jetta was uninjured and remained at the scene.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team continues to investigate the factors involved in both of these fatal crashes.