Harrington couple killed when their motorcycle is struck by jeep

HARRINGTON — A Harrington couple was killed Saturday afternoon when a jeep slammed into the motorcycle they were riding north of the town.

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said a 49-year old Harrington man was driving a Jeep Wrangler westbound on Hopkins Cemetery Road when he turned left onto a private driveway and into the path of the motorcycle.

Motorcycle driver Kenneth Dear, 57, and his wife and passenger Karen Dear, 56, who were not wearing helmets, were transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital where they succumbed to injuries, authorities said.

The crash happened at 12:07 p.m. near U.S. 13, authorities.
The Jeep Wrangler driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.

Police said the motorcycle driver attempted to apply brakes but could not avoid a collision. The 2015 Harley-Davidson motorcycle crashed into the right side of the Jeep near the passenger side door and its driver and rider were ejected.
Speed does not appear to be a factor on behalf of the motorcycle, police said.
The roadway in the area of the crash was closed for approximately five hours while the investigation was completed and the road was cleared.

That fatal crash was one of several incidents on Delaware highways over the weekend.
• Last Friday, a 23-year-old Magnolia man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle struck a vehicle backing out of a driveway in the 900 block of Sopers Row approaching Clapham Road near Magnolia, police said.

The collision occurred at approximately 9:41 p.m. when the Honda motorcycle collided with a Lexus driven by a 29-year-old Magnolia woman. The motorcycle struck the rear trunk area of the Lexus, which caused the operator to be ejected from the motorcycle, police said.

The motorcycle driver was flown by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted for his injuries. A helmet was located at the scene; however, it is unknown if the operator was wearing it.

Neither the Lexus driver nor her 33-year-old female passenger of Dover were injured in the collision. She was cited for improper backing.

The roadway in the area of the crash was shut down for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
• Multiple vehicles crashed on Del. 1 southbound Friday afternoon near Middletown after a Chevrolet Suburban, driven by a 51-year-old Pennsylvania man, rear-ended a GMC Yukon driven by a 76-year-old Pennsylvania resident.

The Yukon became airborne, rolled over and then spun several times before striking the right side of a Jeep Wrangler.

The 52-year-old driver of the Jeep Wrangler did not report any injuries.

The 76-year-old driver of the GMC Yukon suffered serious but non-life -threatening injuries and was transported to Christiana Hospital. His passenger, a 77-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries and was transported by the DSP Aviation Unit to the Christiana Hospital.

The 51-year-old driver of the Suburban and his 57-year-old female passenger did not report any injuries. The driver said the traffic stopped abruptly in front of him and he swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision. This driver was issued a citation for following a motor vehicle too closely.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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