3 Female Exchange Students Injured In Bike Accidents Last Week


None were seriously injured but state police urge caution

The first accident was reported last Monday around 1:45 p.m. when a 21-year-old female was riding south in the northbound shoulder of Coastal Highway at the intersection with Rehoboth Beach Plaza, across from Spring Lake Drive. At the same time, police say, a 2007 Kia Sedona was exiting the plaza to turn northbound on Coastal Highway when the car struck the bicyclist. She was taken to Beebe with a leg injury and was later cited for operating a bicycle on the wrong side of the road, police said.

That was followed by another bike accident last Tuesday around 1:10 p.m. when another 21-year-old woman was riding her bicycle north on the sidewalk approaching the entrance to IHOP. A 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, police said, was exiting the parking lot to travel south on Coastal Highway when the two collided. The bicyclist was taken to Beebe with a leg injury and was cited for riding a bicycle on a sidewalk or crosswalk where prohibited.

The third incident was reported around 4 p.m. Saturday when an 18-year-old girl was struck in the area of Coastal Highway and Country Club Drive, above, south of the Rehoboth Wawa. She was taken to Beebe Hospital with minor injuries. Police have not yet released any information regarding this accident.

DelDOT and its partners are once again manning bike safety checkpoints this summer to equip bicyclists with lights, helmets, safety brochures and make minor adjustments.

The 2017 Bike Safety Checkpoints are as follows:
June 15 – Lutheran Church, 5-7:30 p.m.
June 21 – St. Edmond Church, 5-7:30 p.m.
June 27 – Epworth Church, 5-7:30 p.m.
July 6 – Nike Outlet, 8-11 a.m.
July 11 – Nike Outlet, 4-7 p.m.
July 20 – Nike Outlet, 4-7 p.m.
July 27 – Nike Outlet, 4-7 p.m.
August 1 – Rehoboth Ave., 4-7 p.m.
August 8 – Nike Outlet, 8-11 a.m.
August 11 – Nike Outlet, 4-7 p.m.