The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred earlier this morning.
The incident occurred on May 5, 2019, at approximately 2:06 a.m., when a 2006 Red Chevrolet Silverado was traveling northbound on DE RT 9 on the upward slope of the Reedy Point Bridge. A 1986 White Honda XL250R Motorbike, was traveling southbound on DE RT 9 on the downward slope of the Reedy Point Bridge. For unknown reasons the Honda crossed the double yellow lines and collided with the Chevrolet. The impact caused the operator of the Honda to be thrown from the vehicle and over the bridge.
The operator of the Honda, a 20-year-old male from Wilmington, DE was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
The operator of the Chevrolet, an 18-year-old male from Bear, DE, was properly restrained and not injured. There were two passengers in the Chevrolet who were also uninjured.
The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.
DE RT 9 was closed in both directions at the Reedy Point Bridge while the crash was investigated and cleared.
Delaware City – Just before 2:00 this morning rescue crews from the Delaware City Fire Company, along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to Route 9 at Reedy Point Bridge for reports of a crash involving a motorcycle.
While en route, crews learned that the 911 caller had advised that a motorcycle hit his vehicle and he was unable to locate the rider.
Upon arrival, crews reported that the crash was on the south side of the bridge and that the rider may have been ejected over the bridge.
Command requested crews from the Port Penn Fire Company to assist in the search.
Within a few minutes of arrival, crews below the bridge located the rider. The condition of the rider cannot be confirmed at this time.
At around 2:30 Command ordered the bridge closed.
It is believed that the bridge is still closed as of 6:30 this morning.