Two Newark Residents Seriously Injured In Friday’s Fourth Motorcycle Crash, Charges Expected


Selbyville – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into a serious motor vehicle crash which occurred yesterday afternoon in Selbyville, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey Hale.

Hale said the investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017, as Norma J. Parks, 81, of Bishopville, MD, was operating a 2016 Ford Expedition and was traveling in an eastbound direction out of the Goose Creek Convenience Store parking lot, located at 9 S. DuPont Boulevard (US113). Parks was intending on crossing the southbound lanes of the highway and enter into the median crossover for Church Street, said hale.

As Parks exited the parking lot and entered the roadway, she drove directly into the path of a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle, which was traveling in the left hand lane of southbound S. DuPont Boulevard, and which was being operated by a 44-year-old Newark man. The motorcycle, which also had a 58-year-old Newark woman as a passenger, struck the left front of the Ford, causing both occupants to be ejected. They then tumbled several times before coming to rest in the grass median. Norma Parks was able to bring her vehicle to a controlled stop at the scene.

The male operator of the Harley Davidson was treated at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics before being flown by Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 2) to the Christiana Hospital, where he was admitted with serious injuries. It is believed that he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, although it was not one approved by the D.O.T., according to Hale.

The female passenger on the motorcycle was also treated at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics, before being flown by LifeNet helicopter to the Christiana Hospital, where she was admitted with serious injuries. It is also believed that she was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, said Hale.

Norma Parks, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was not injured.

Neither alcohol use nor speed are being considered as factors in this crash which remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. Charges are expected to be filed, according to Hale.

The southbound lanes of DuPont Boulevard were closed and travel was restricted northbound for approximately 3 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Three other motorcycle crashes, one in Wilmington Manor, one in New Castle and another on Route 1 near Odessa sent three riders to the hospital yesterday, one by air.

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