Man, 85, Dies in Bethany Beach Bicycle Crash
BETHANY BEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a Thursday afternoon bicycle crash in Bethany Beach that claimed the life of an 85-year-old man.
Police say the incident happened at approximately 12:18 p.m., when a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway in the right lane and was stopped at the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. for a red light.
According to investigators, a bicyclist was in the median, waiting to cross over the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway. When the traffic light turned green, the Cherokee proceeded to accelerate and the cyclist began to cross within the crosswalk directly into the path of the Cherokee. Police say the front of the bicycle and the left side of the Cherokee collided.
The bicyclist, 85-year-old Ronald W. Smith of Bethany Beach, was initially transported to Beebe Hospital and later transferred to the Christiana Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The operator of the Cherokee, a 70-year-old Seaford man, remained at the scene and was not injured.
The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.
Anyone that may have witnessed this incident is asked to please contact Troop 7, Sgt. Mendez of the DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-703-3269.