Motorcycle Rider Flown To Trauma Facing Drug Charges

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Wilmington– Delaware State Police are continuing to investigate a serious crash involving a motorcycle that occurred yesterday afternoon north of Wilmington, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the incident occurred at approximately 2:42 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, when a 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle sport bike, operated by Atiba Fields, 20 of Claymont, was traveling southbound at an apparent high rate of speed in the right lane of SR 141 approaching the intersection of Alapocas Drive.

At the same time, a 2004 Dodge Dakota, operated by John J. Devine, 76 of Wilmington, was traveling northbound in the left turn lane on SR 141 at the intersection. As the Dodge made the left turn at the intersection it was struck on the front right side while crossing the southbound lanes with the front of the Kawasaki sport bike, said Bratz.

The motorcycle came to a stop at the entrance of the DuPont driving range and the Dodge Dakota was pushed southbound stopping on the right shoulder. The force of the collision caused the motorcycle operator to be ejected onto the right shoulder.

The operator of the Dodge Dakota was properly restrained and sustained non-life threatening injuries a result of this crash.

The operator of the motorcycle was wearing a DOT compliant helmet. He was transported by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit to the Christiana Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Impairment on his behalf is unknown at this time. Warrant was issued for Reckless Driving and drug charges for the motorcycle operator.

Bratz did not say why Fields was facing drug charges.

SR 141 at the intersection of Alapocas Drive in the area of the crash was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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


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Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash involving a motorcycle that occurred at approximately 2:42 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018, on Route 141 southbound in the area of Alapocas Drive, north of Wilmington, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said as a result of the crash, SR 141 southbound is closed in the area Alapocas Drive. Motorists can expect delays in the area and are advised to seek alternate routes of travel.

The patient was transported by ground ambulance to the Alapocas State Park baseball field where Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation) was waiting.

He was then transferred to the helicopter before being flown to the trauma center at Christiana Hospital in serious condition.

Rescue crews from the Talleyville Fire Company, New Castle County Paramedic and Delaware State Police responded to the accident.