• Bicyclist Killed in Bridgeville – Can We Do Better For Western Sussex Cyclists?

    by  • November 18, 2010 • Injuries and Fatalities • 0 Comments

    Delaware State Police and local media reports in Sussex County indicate that a bicyclist was killed on Wilson Farm Road ½ mile north of Route 18 Bridgeville on Monday November 8, 2010.

    54 Year Old Gerald Crossman of Seaford was struck from behind at 5:47 p.m while traveling southbound on the right side of Wilson Farm Road by a minivan driven by 57 Year Old Elna Watt of Seaford.

    Crossman was taken to Nanticoke Hospital and then flown to Christiana where he died the next day. No word as to the whether the driver of the minivan was charged. However the description in the DSP press release seems to assign fault to the cyclist – For an unknown reason the victim turned left into the path of the Dodge Caravan and was struck. Delaware’s vulnerable road users law was signed by the Governor in August and probably will not take effect until after the new year.

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    A close up look at the map shows that Road 546 (Wilson Farm Rd and Speck Rd) is parallel to Route 13, the time and direction of travel suggests that Crossman was taking a logical route back to Seaford. In fact a network of parallel roads stretches from the MD State Line at Delmar to just south of Greenwood. Perhaps DelDOT should identify this road network as a priority bicycle route and consider adding shoulder bike lanes to these narrow mostly rural roads.


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