Troopers Want To Talk To These Drivers, 16-Year-Old Killed

Newark – The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance with information on the operators of two vehicles of interest that were involved in a racing incident which led to a fatal crash in front of the REI Sporting Goods store on September 23, 2020, officials said Thursday.

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Newark– Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle that occurred at approximately 10:14 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2020, on Fashion Center Boulevard, according to Public Information Officer, Corporal/1 Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said the initial investigation has determined a Suzuki GSXR 750 operated by a 16-year-old male from Newark, DE, was stopped in the fire lane facing east in front of REI Sporting Goods store located at 2300 Fashion Center Blvd. A 2008 Infiniti G35 began racing westbound in the fire lane and was approaching the Suzuki at a high rate of speed. The front of the Infiniti struck the front of the motorcycle and ejected the 16-year-old operator and his 17-year-old female passenger.

The operator of Suzuki was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. His name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.

The female passenger on the Suzuki was transported to Christiana Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The operator of the Infiniti, a 20-year-old male from Newark initially fled on foot but was later taken into custody at the Christiana Hospital, according to police. The 20-year-old male who was not wearing a seatbelt was treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, said Hatchell.

The Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the crash, charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Det. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at [email protected].