Troopers ID Bicyclist Killed When Struck By Pickup Truck

Seaford- The Delaware State Police have identified the name of the individual who was killed in a crash on Friday, November 2, 2018, on Sussex Highway just north of Tharp Road as 56-year-old Jorge Melendez Claudio of Greenwood.

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Seaford- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving a bicyclist that occurred last evening, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe the incident occurred on Friday, November 2, 2018, at approximately 9:52 p.m. when a 2016 Dodge Ram pick-up truck was traveling northbound on Sussex Highway just north of Tharp Road in the right lane, directly across from Rommel Harley-Davidson. A bicyclist was traveling northbound on the northbound shoulder, just off the edge of the right travel lane. It appears that the truck drifted onto the shoulder and struck the rear of the bicycle, said Jaffe. The impact caused the bicyclist to project forward and come to a final rest on the northbound shoulder.

The operator of the Dodge Ram, a 29-year-old male from Georgetown was properly restrained and was not injured. Jaffe said impairment does not appear to be a factor on his behalf.

The bicyclist, a 56-year-old male from Greenwood was not wearing a helmet. He was transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification of next of kin.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.


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