Troopers Identify Man Killed In High-Speed Motorcycle Crash

The Delaware State Police have identified 23-year-old Jabriell B. Smith of Millsboro as the operator of a Suzuki motorcycle, who was killed as a result of a crash that occurred at approximately 11:18 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2019, on Oak Orchard Road (SR 5) south of John J. Williams Highway (SR 24) east of Millsboro.

Original Report

Millsboro, Delaware – The Delaware State Police (DSP) Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle that occurred late last night east of Millsboro.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:18 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2019 on Oak Orchard Road (SR 5) south of John J. Williams Highway (SR 24) east of Millsboro.

A 2018 Suzuki motorcycle, operated by a 23-year-old Millsboro man, was traveling northbound on Oak Orchard Road at a high rate of speed, according to DSP Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

While traveling northbound, the motorcycle passed another vehicle that had been traveling in front of it on Oak Orchard Road. After passing the other vehicle, the operator of the motorcycle lost control and exited the east side of Oak Orchard Road where it struck a sign and continued traveling in a northeasterly direction where it then struck a metal telephone box followed by a second road sign.

The motorcycle overturned and began to tumble along the grassy shoulder of the roadway. While tumbling, the motorcycle broke through a vinyl fence and impacted a standing tree.

After striking the tree, it continued to tumble in a northerly direction before coming to a stop on its right side along the east shoulder of the roadway.

The motorcycle rider, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected during the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.

Oak Orchard Road, in the area of the crash, was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Breaking Report

At 11:19  rescue crews from the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad, along with Sussex County Medics, Delaware State Police and Trooper 2 responded to Oak Meadow and Oak Orchard Road in Millsboro for a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle.

Upon arrival, Command ordered the road closed. Not much information is available regarding the patient at this, however, we do know that the roadway was closed while Troopers investigated the scene.

Delaware State Police issued a short statement “Crash Oak Orchard Rd / Oak Meadow Dr.—single vehicle involving a Motorcycle–Roadway shut down. Use caution and avoid the area.”


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