Bicyclist killed Friday in Frankford crash identified

FRANKFORD — Delaware State Police on Sunday identified the bicyclist who died in a crash Friday night in Frankford as 62-year-old Tony L. Townsend of Seaford.

Police said Mr. Townsend was riding a bicycle on DuPont Boulevard when he was ejected from the bike, which was struck by a vehicle.

The crash occurred at about 8:55 p.m., Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Col. Melissa Jaffe said. Police said the cyclist was northbound on US 113 just south of Hickory Street when he was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford Escape driven by a 24-year-old Seaford man.

Cpl. Jaffe said investigation revealed the bicycle was not equipped with lights and the bicyclist was wearing dark clothing.
The bicyclist was transported to Beebe Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The driver of the Escape was properly restrained and was not injured.

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