• Bicyclist hurt in crash near Lewes

    by  • April 21, 2006 • Injuries and Fatalities • 0 Comments

    This case seemed cut and dry here until I read – “south in the northbound merge lane of Kings Highway to Del. 1” – Injuries seem amazingly moderate.

    Bicyclist hurt in crash near Lewes

    By LEE WILLIAMS
    The News Journal
    04/17/2006

    A 28-year-old bicyclist traveling the wrong way on Kings Highway was thrown 20 feet after colliding head-on with a pickup Sunday afternoon near Lewes.

    The accident occurred at 12:09 p.m., as William Zimmerman, 63, of Nottingham, Pa., drove a 2003 Chevrolet pickup north on Kings Highway, merging onto Del. 1. Oscar Chavez, 28, was riding a 10-speed bicycle south in the northbound merge lane of Kings Highway to Del. 1.

    The front end of the pickup struck the Rehoboth Beach bicyclist head-on, state police spokesman Lt. Joseph P. Aviola Jr. said in a statement.

    Chavez landed in the road and was flown to Christiana Hospital, where he was admitted in stable condition. He suffered a broken right arm, a cut to the head and multiple road abrasions, Aviola said.

    Zimmerman and his wife, Patricia, 59, were wearing seat belts and were not injured.

    The crash remains under investigation.

    The road was closed for approximately 40 minutes while state troopers investigated the accident.

    Contact investigative reporter Lee Williams at 324-2362 or lwilliams@delawareonline.com.

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