UPDATED: Polish Student Struck on Coastal Highway at Route 24

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UPDATED -812/19 7am – A 24-year-old Polish female exchange student riding a bike was seriously injured Sunday evening when she was struck by an SUV on Coastal Highway. It happened here in the southbound lanes at the Royal Farms off John J. Williams Highway near Rehoboth. Police say a Tahoe driven by a 48 year old Rehoboth man was leaving the Royal Farms parking lot on Coastal Highway waiting for traffic to clear. The bicyclist was traveling north in the southbound lane and passed in front of the entrance to the convenience store as the driver pulled forward onto Coastal Highway striking the bicycle and ejecting the rider. She was taken to Beebe Medical Ceter and then flown to Christiana Hospital with head trauma – she was not wearing a helmet. However the bicycle was equipped with front and rear lights, but its not known if they were activated. The driver of the Tahoe was properly restrained and not injured. Police say impairment doesn’t appear to be a factor for either.

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A 24-year-old Polish female exchange student riding a bike was seriously injured Sunday evening when she was struck by an SUV on Coastal Highway. It happened here in the southbound lanes at the Royal Farms off John J. Williams Highway near Rehoboth.

Police say the bicyclist was headed north in the southbound bike lane of Coastal Highway approaching the entrance to Royal Farms. The bicyclist passed in front of the entrance to the Royal Farms at the same time the driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe pulled forward onto Coastal Highway and they collided in the roadway. She was taken to Beebe Hospital and later flown to a trauma center for a head injury. She was not wearing a helmet, police said.

Impairment does not appear to be a factor on behalf of either the driver or bicyclist, police said. Police closed the southbound lanes for almost three hours while the crash team investigated the accident. More info will be posted on WGMD.com this morning.

Photos courtesy Dr. Michael Trahos and DelDOT