Cape Gazette

Motorcyclist killed in Route 1 accident

By Nick Roth | Aug 14, 2012
Photo by: Nick Roth One person died and another was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Route 1 in Lewes.

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

A Saturn coupe was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Route 1 into the Bay Crossing community when it collided with a motorcycle, Delaware State Police said. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Aug 14, 2012 07:40

Crossing Rt One is a dangerous affair. Lights are not the answer. The crossings are too numerous. Rt. One should be very limited access. In Lewes and Rehoboth to Dewey I fear it is too late. However the remainder of Rt. One should be studied. What is DelDot doing for Sussex and it's access Highway? I've noticed many young men riding motorbikes at impossibly high speeds. At that age they think they're invulnerable. This sad case proves otherwise. My heart goes out to his family.

Posted by: Charles Patalive | Aug 14, 2012 13:16

Not all Bay Crossing residents want the median  cut through closed. I certainly do not!  If residents and others feel uncomfortable using the cut through, they can always go down to the light at Postal Lane to make a U-turn.  And by the way, were the gentlemen on the motorcycle wearing helmets?  Why does Delaware permit people riding motorcycles and motorized scooters to forgo wearing helmets.  They should, without question, be mandatory.

Posted by: Dayna Heffner | Aug 15, 2012 07:44

Read the article. It clearly states that both men were wearing helmets.

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