Motorcycle operator killed in Tuesday crash on US 13

DOVER — A 24-year-old Dover man died after his motorcycle crashed Tuesday morning while traveling south on U.S. 13 near Messina Hill Road, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

The man was operating a 2013 Augusta Sport Motorcycle at around 5:59 a.m. and lost control after passing a 2004 Ford Excursion on the left side.

The driver was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the left lane, police said.

A 2002 Ford Explorer also heading south on U.S. 13 then struck the motorcyclist in the left lane, police said.

The motorcycle rider was transported to Christiana Hospital where he then died from injuries.

His name was not immediately released by police pending notification of next of kin.

The Excursion was driven by a 25-year-old Dover woman, the Explorer by a 24-year-old Smyrna woman. Both were wearing seatbelts, remained on scene and were not injured, police said.

The roadway near the crash site was closed for approximately three hours during the response and investigation and was then cleared.

The DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate and asks anyone who may have seen the crash to contact Cpl./3 Joseph Lane at 698-8457.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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