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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash Involving an Off-Highway Vehicle- Dover


Date Posted: Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Dover- Delaware State Police are conducting a fatal crash involving an off-highway vehicle that occurred Wednesday night.

On February 24, 2021, at approximately 9:08 p.m., a Honda CRF-450 Dirt Bike operated by a 33-year-old male of Dover, was traveling northbound on Peachtree Run approaching the intersection of Vanessa Drive. A silver 2011 Hyundai Sonata operated by a 21-year-old male of Dover was traveling southbound on Peachtree Run, approaching Vanessa Drive and preparing to make a left turn onto Vanessa Drive.  The Hyundai proceeded to make the left turn onto Vanessa Drive and the right quarter panel was struck by the front of the dirt bike.

The Honda CRF-450 Dirt Bike is an off-highway vehicle, and is not street legal. It was not equipped with any lighting source (headlights, taillights, or reflective material).

The Hyundai came to stop shortly after the collision at the entrance to Vanessa Drive and remained on scene.  The operator was not injured during the collision.

The operator of the Honda was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Identification of victim is pending notification to next of kin.

The Delaware State Police Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating this collision. Anyone with information regarding the collision should contact Cpl/3 J. Lane by calling 302-697-4454. 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 .

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 debra.reed@state.de.us.

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