Video – Elkton Man Identified, Cited For Route 896 Motorcycle Crash In Newark


Newark– Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash involving a motorcycle this afternoon south of Newark, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the incident occurred at approximately 3:19 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 when a 1989 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, operated by Robert F. Parkhill, 49 of Elkton, Maryland, was traveling on the exit ramp from I-95 southbound, John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, to Highway 896 southbound (South College Avenue). The operator appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate the curve on the ramp and struck the guardrail face, according to Bratz. The motorcycle struck the left shoulder guardrail with its left front side and stopped on the ramp. The force of the collision caused the motorcycle operator to be ejected over the guardrail onto the grass between the ramp and southbound 896.

The operator was transported by EMS to a local area hospital with serious injuries. He was cited for Careless Driving, No Motorcycle License, Operating a Motorcycle without Complete Attention and No Proof of Insurance.

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I-95 in the area of the crash was not closed while the crash was investigated and cleared. Southbound Route 896 was restricted to one lane while medical crews worked to treat Parkhill.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police.


This afternoon, at approximately 3:2o, New Castle County Paramedics and personnel from the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company were dispatched to the area of Interstate 95 Southbound and South College Avenue, for a motorcycle crash.

Arriving County Paramedics found a 49-year-old male, who was the operator and lone occupant of a motorcycle that crash at the above location. The patient was ejected from the bike and was not wearing a helmet. He was evaluated on scene for injuries to the hand, leg and body-wide abrasions. The patient was transported to the Emergency Department at Christiana Hospital on board an ambulance from Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder, accompanied by New Castle County Paramedics. The patient was stable at the time of transport.

Delaware State Troopers were on scene and are investigating the crash.

Breaking Report

Newark – At 3:18 this afternoon, Sunday, August 26, 2018, rescues crews responded to Route 896 SB at I-95 for reports of a motorcycle crash with injuries.

Delaware State Troopers arriving on scene reported that an off-duty Maryland firefighter was on scene assisting the rider.

Initial reports indicate that the rider laid the bike down when exiting I-95, slide across the pavement before coming to a stop in the grass.

The patient was transported to by Aetna Ambulance to the trauma center at Christiana Hospital with New Castle County Paramedics accompanying.

Aetna Chief Andrew Bowerson, pictured arriving on scene above, had command of the incident.

The roadway has reopened.


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