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Bicyclist facing charges after Lewes crash

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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A 22-year-old Long Neck man is facing charges after he crashed into a Mini Cooper on Route 1 in Lewes, state police say.

The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. May 14 as Dimitri Jamal Rich was riding his bicycle eastbound in the area of Dartmouth Drive and traveled into the northbound lanes of Route 1 in front of oncoming traffic, said Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz.

The bicyclist hit the front left side of a 2012 Mini Cooper driven by Maryland resident Martha Monell, 69, who was going northbound on Route 1. Rich was thrown off his bike and onto the road after impact. Monell brought her vehicle to a controlled stop on Route 1, Bratz said. Rich was taken to Beebe Medical Center and treated for his injuries. He is charged with person operating a bicycle to ride to the right of roadway, failure to give hand and arm signals, and bicyclist to use designated path when provided. Rich also was wanted on other traffic charges, Bratz said. Monell was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured in the crash.



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Original Publication Date: May 17, 2016



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