REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash involving a bicyclist that happened near the Royal Farms on Coastal Highway on Sunday night.
Troopers said that at around 8:15 p.m. a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by a 48-year-old Rehoboth Beach man, was traveling eastbound though the parking lot of the Royal Farms on Coastal Highway. Police said the driver intended to enter the southbound travel lanes of Coastal Highway. Before leaving the lot, the Tahoe came to a complete stop while allowing may vehicles to pass by on the highway, according to police.
The bicycle passed in front of the entrance to the store at the same time the driver pulled forward. The driver then hit the bicyclist, and they toppled over to the ground. As the bicycle overturned, the bicyclist was fully ejected from the bike.
The bicycle operator was initially transported by ambulance to Beebe Medical Center. She was later airlifted to the Christina Hospital where she is being treated for head trauma. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, according to investigators. The victim’s bicycle was equipped with both a front headlight and rear taillight; it is currently unknown if the lights were activated.
The bicycle operator is a 24-year-old woman from Poland who is currently living in the Rehoboth Beach area with a host family, police said.
The driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, a 48-year-old man of Rehoboth Beach, was properly restrained and did not report any injuries as a result of the collision.
Impairment does not appear to be a factor on behalf of either the driver or bicyclist, according to investigators.