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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
Wilmington– Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist that occurred at approximately 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the intersection of Philadelphia Pike and Bellevue Parkway.
The initial investigation has determined a 2012 Hino box truck operated by a 49 year-old male from Prospect Park, PA, was stopped in the left turn lane of northbound Philadelphia Pike. The traffic signal displayed a green arrow and the box truck proceed to turn left onto Bellevue Parkway. At the same time, a bicyclist was riding northbound along the southbound lanes of Philadelphia Pike. As the box truck completed its left turn, the bicyclist struck the driver side of the vehicle.
The operator of the bicycle, a 16 year-old male from Wilmington, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.
Southbound Philadelphia Pike was closed for approximately 2.5 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Det. Calio of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8483.
Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com
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