The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred this afternoon east of Townsend.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred today at approximately 3:19 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, on Taylor's Bridge Road. Timothy V. Giffing, 33 of Wilmington, was operating a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle, southbound on Taylor's Bridge Road south of Fieldsboro Road and north of Union Church Road with three other motorcycles. He was traveling with a motorcyclist to his right and two motorcyclists directly behind him when a farm tractor operated by Wills Passmore, 88 of Townsend, exited his driveway on the west side of the road and crossed the southbound lane and into the northbound lane of Taylor's Bridge Road. The motorcycle traveling at an unknown rate of speed for unknown reasons entered into the northbound lane and began to skid towards the farm tractor. The front of the motorcycle collided with the left side of the tractor. Timothy V. Giffing was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest approximately 100 feet south of impact on the east side of the road. As a result of the impact, the motorcycle's gas tank ruptured and set the tractor and Wills Passmore on fire.

Timothy V. Griffing, 33 of Wilmington, the operator of the motorcycle was not wearing an approved DOT helmet at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wills Passmore, 88 of Townsend, was initially transported to Christiana Hospital but was then transported to the Crozer Medical Center due to severe burns and is listed in critical condition.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Taylor's Bridge Road in the area of the crash was closed for approximately four hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

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