LEWES (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Delaware State Police say a bicyclist was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle in Lewes Thursday night.
Police say at approximately 5:38 p.m., a 2006 Ford F-250 pickup truck towing a dual axle dump trailer, operated by a Georgetown man, was traveling westbound on Shady Road approaching the intersection of Plantations Road with a green light.
A 19-year-old female of Douglasville, PA, was riding a bicycle westbound on Shady Road in the designated bike lane.
As the pickup truck started to proceed through the intersection, the bicyclist failed to see the pickup truck and trailer before turning left and impacting the right side of the trailer within the middle of the intersection., police said.
As a result of the impact, the bicyclist was knocked to the ground. The truck came to a controlled stop west of the intersection in the Henlopen Landing neighborhood.
The bicyclist was flown to an area hospital where she was admitted in critical condition. Police say the driver of the truck was not injured.
The roadway was closed for approximately 1.5 hours as the accident was investigated, and the roadway was cleared.
The crash comes after Rep. Larry Mitchell‘s bill to make Delaware’s safe yielding law permanent just passed the Delaware House of Representatives unanimously. “We’ve still got to get through the Delaware Senate too but this is another win for safer cycling in Delaware.,” said a spokesperson at Bike Delaware.
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. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at email@example.com.
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