Motorcyclist killed in Route 1 accident
Lewes — A 28-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Aug. 13 on Route 1 near Bethany Blues in Lewes, Delaware State Police say.
The accident happened at 8:20 p.m. when Lindsay Hetrick, 17, of Milton was driving a 1998 Saturn and tried to cross the northbound lanes of Route 1 into Bay Crossing development, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.
A 2009 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Michael J. Johnson, 28, of Olney, Md., was traveling northbound and struck the right side of the Saturn, Fournier said.
Police at the scene said the motorcycle may have been speeding when it collided with the passenger's side door of a Saturn coupe. However, police reports give no indication that speed was a factor. Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the crash is still under investigation and DSP is searching for witnesses.
Michael Johnson and his passenger and brother, Jeffrey Johnson, 34, of Baltimore, were thrown more than 50 feet into the northbound lanes of Route 1. Both men were wearing helmets.
Both men were taken to Beebe Medical Center where Michael Johnson died shortly after his arrival, Fournier said. Jeffrey Johnson was flown to Christiana Hospital with serious injuries. He is in serious condition, a spokesman for Christiana Hospital said.
Lindsay and her passenger, Michael Mather, 29, of Seaford, refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash.
The northbound lanes of Route 1 were closed for more than three hours.
This is the second time this year a serious accident has occurred in the turn lanes near the Bay Crossing community. In April, a similar accident occurred involving a van and an SUV.
Bay Crossing resident John Pidcock said the turn lanes have always been a serious problem.
"Virtually all residents in this community would love to see these lanes shut down," he said. "This was an accident waiting to happen."
Beckie McMillan, also a Bay Crossing resident, said her son has witnessed several accidents and near misses in the turn lanes while waiting for the school bus.
"It is completely dangerous," she said. "For me, it's more so about the safety of my son."
Pidcock said he wants the Department of Transportation to take notice of the issues with the turn lanes.
"We want DelDOT to take necessary action to shut these lanes down," he said.
Police ask anyone with information on the accident to call 644-5020 ext. 112, 1-800-TIP-3333 or go to www.tipsubmit.com.