Dirt biker killed during police chase in Lincoln

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One man was killed after leading police on a chase while riding a dirt bike through Lincoln.

According to the Delaware State Police Department, the crash occurred just after 9 p.m., Tuesday when a trooper observed a green Kawasaki Dirt Bike, an off-highway vehicle that is not street legal and not equipped with any lighting source, traveling on Wilkins Road near Sussex Bayhealth Hospital.

The trooper tried to stop the dirt bike, at which time the driver tried to flee at an extreme high rate of speed, according to police. The dirt bike eluded police and created a significant distance between himself and the state trooper.

The dirt bike then proceeded westbound on Johnson Road approaching Marshall Street in the town limits of Lincoln. A 2009 Chevrolet Traverse was facing eastbound on Johnson Road preparing to make a left turn onto Marshall Street.

The driver of the Traverse did not see the dirt bike due to its lack of a headlamp and proceeded to turn left onto Marshall Street, at which time the front of the dirt bike collided with the left front fender of the Traverse, ejecting the dirt bike rider.

The operator of the dirt bike, 38-year-old Adam J. Burton, of Lincoln, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license. He died as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the Traverse, a 49-year-old Milford woman, was properly restrained and remained on scene.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.