Bicyclist critically injured in South Bethany dies

SOUTH BETHANY – Delaware State Police Monday reported that the 27-year-old Annapolis, Maryland woman critically injured in a bicycle/vehicle collision on Coastal Highway on the Fourth of July died from those injuries.

Kelly M. Scruggs, who was initially transported to the Beebe Hospital, was transferred to Christian Hospital where she succumbed on July 6, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. 

The incident occurred July 4 just after 10 p.m. when Ms. Scruggs was struck by a Toyota Sienna operated by a 50-year-old Red Lion, Pennsylvania man.

Investigation revealed the cyclist was westbound across the median of Coastal Highway approaching Evergreen Road when she proceeded directly into the path of the Sienna, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said.

The front of the Toyota struck the cyclist on the right side, knocking Ms. Scruggs to the pavement.

Authorities determined the cyclist was not wearing a helmet and had no functioning lights on the bicycle. Impairment on her behalf is undetermined at this stage of the investigation, Cpl. Austin said.

The driver of the Toyota was uninjured and impairment on his behalf is not deemed to be a factor in the collision, Cpl. Austin said.

The investigation is ongoing by South Bethany Police Department and the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Sgt. A. Mendez of the Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 703-3269. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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