Frankford: Bicyclist struck on US 113 dies from injuries

FRANKFORD – A 62-year-old Seaford man on a bicycle on DuPont Boulevard Friday night died from injuries sustained when he was ejected from the bike, which was struck by a vehicle.

The crash occurred at about 8:55 p.m. Sept. 20, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Col. Melissa Jaffe said.

The bicyclist, identified by state police as Tony L. Townsend, was transported to Beebe Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, Cpl. Jaffe said.

State police investigation determined Mr. Townsend was northbound on US 113 in the left lane just south of Hickory Street. The bicycle was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford Escape operated by a 24-year-old Seaford man, Cpl. Jaffe said. The Escape was northbound on US 113.

Cpl. Jaffe said investigation revealed the bicycle was not equipped with lights and the bicyclist was wearing dark clothing.

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

Northbound DuPont Boulevard was closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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