Lewes Cyclist Struck By Vehicle On September 11 Succumbs To Injuries

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Lewes- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash involving a pedal cyclist that has turned fatal, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on September 11, 2019 at approximately 12:31 p.m., when a 2017 Cadillac CTS was traveling in the right lane of northbound Coastal Highway (SR1) approaching the intersection of a single directional access road leading to Kings Highway (SR9). A pedal cyclist was operating a light blue bicycle in the bus/bike lane of northbound Coastal Highway directly to the right of the Cadillac. For unknown reasons, the operator of the Cadillac failed to see the bicycle and changed lanes to the right in order to turn onto Kings Highway. While changing lanes, the right side of the Cadillac struck the bicycle within the bus/bike lane, causing the pedal cyclist to be ejected.

The operator of the Cadillac, an 89-year-old male from Millsboro, DE was not injured and remained on scene.

The pedal cyclist, 79-year-old Lloyd Kirby Jr., of Lewes, DE was transported to the Christina Hospital via Trooper 2. On September 23, 2019, he succumbed to his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and no charges have been filed at this time.

Original Story

Lewes– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a serious crash involving a pedal cyclist that occurred earlier today, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Juanita Huey-Smith.

Huey-Smith said the incident occurred on September 11, 2019, at approximately 12:31 p.m., when a 2017 Cadillac CTS, operated by an 89-year-old Millsboro man, was traveling northbound, in the right lane, of Coastal Highway approaching the intersection with Kings Highway. A 79-year-old Lewes man, who was a pedal cyclist, was proceeding northbound in the bus/bike lane, in the same general vicinity. The operator of the CTS failed to see the pedal cyclist to his right and while changing lanes to make a right turn onto Kings Highway the right side of his vehicle struck the bicycle, said Huey-Smith. The impact caused the pedal cyclist to be ejected from the bicycle.

The pedal cyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to the Christiana Hospital in critical condition via Trooper 2.

The operator of the CTS, who was properly restrained was not injured as a result of the crash.

Northbound Coastal Highway was rendered to a single travel lane for approximately 1.5 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cpl. K. Argo of the Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-703-3264.

Breaking Report

Lewes – The Delaware State Police are currently on scene of a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 12:32 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2019, on Coastal Hwy. in the area of Kings Highway in Lewes, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Reports from the scene indicate that a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle. The patient suffered very serious injuries and was transported to the Trauma Center at Christiana Hospital via Trooper 2 (Delaware State Police Aviation).

Austin said as a result of the crash the northbound right lane of Coastal Hwy. is closed. Motorists will experience delays in the area and are advised to seek alternate routes of travel.

This a developing story.

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