State of Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security


Division of State Police


Superintendent Robert M. Coupe

DSP News Release: Friday, August 28, 2009- Bicyclist Injured in DUI Related Crash


Location: Northbound Lancaster Pike, south of Stratton Drive , Wilmington, Delaware, New Castle County


Date and Time: Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 4:50 p.m.


Suspect(s):  Travis Sherwin, 20, of Zion Hill Road in Atglen, Pennsylvania


Resume: Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a hit and run crash yesterday afternoon on Route 48, Lancaster Pike, in the area of Stratton Drive. 


Gary Johansson, 44, of Hockessin, Delaware, was riding his bicycle northbound on the shoulder of Route 48. 


Travis Sherwin was operating a 1995 Toyota Carolla northbound on Route 48 approaching Mr. Johansson from behind.  Thee Toyota drifted onto the shoulder and struck the bicycle, forcing it to the ground and ejecting the rider. 


After the impact, the Toyota fled the scene northbound.  Witnesses followed the fleeing vehicle and provided its location to responding officers.  Troopers then made their way to Yorklyn Road where they located the Toyota and contacted the driver, Mr. Sherwin. 


A search of the Toyota yielded both opened and unopened packages of heroin.  Also, a hypodermic needle was recovered in the car.  A DUI investigation ensued and Sherwin was taken into custody reference same.  He was transported back to Troop 6 for further processing. 


Mr. Johansson was severely injured as a result of this crash.  He was transported and admitted to Christiana Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. 


Travis Sherwin was charged with the following offenses: Vehicular Assault 1st (felony), Possession of a Hypodermic Needle (misdemeanor), Possession of Heroin (misdemeanor), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash (traffic offense), DUI (traffic offense), Failure to Have Insurance (traffic offense), Failure to Report an Injury Crash (traffic offense) and Improper Lane Change (traffic offense).  He was arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institute in lieu of a $7,000.00 secured bail. 


Cpl/1 Jeff Whitmarsh says, “Although all of the data in not readily available, we have had three fatal bicycle related crashes this year and several very serious injury crashes- and its only August.  Looking out for bicyclists is not simply a courtesy, it is required by law.”


<There is no mug shot available for Mr. Sherwin.>



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