State police have charged a driver in the death of a bicyclist who was struck near Glasgow in April. The motorist was charged with operating a vehicle causing the death of another person, and is being held in lieu of $10,000 secured bond. 50-year-old Mark Schaumann of Elkton, MD, was riding on the shoulder of U.S. 40 on April 4 when a car drifted onto the shoulder and hit him. He was thrown from his bike and died a week later at Christiana Hospital.
His family, led by his daughter Sheri Dodson, won DelDOT approval for a “Share the Road” sign later placed at the scene.
While distracted driving was not cited in the article, it remains legal in Delaware to use cell phones while driving, for both conversation and text messaging. Studies have shown those actively engaged often take their eyes off the road for periods of 5 seconds or more, enough time at typical highway speeds to cover more than the length of a football field.