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Fatal Crash- Update

 

Released Saturday, July 01, 2006

 

Milton-The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a vehicle versus motorcycle crash, which took the life of the motorcycle’s female passenger.

 

The female passenger has been identified as Linnea Houghtling, 42 of Milton.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the motorcycle, identified as Tony Strader, 40 of Silver Spring, Maryland is admitted to Christiana Emergency Center with a fractured back and leg. 

 

The roadway was reopened at approximately 8:30pm.

 

The investigation remains ongoing. 

 

 

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Fatal Crash- Preliminary Report

 

Released Saturday, July 01, 2006

 

Milton-The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a vehicle versus motorcycle crash, which took the life of the motorcycle’s female passenger.

 

On Saturday, July 01, 2006 at 5:26pm, Troopers responded to Delaware Route 16 approximately ˝ mile east of Delaware Route 1 for reports of a two vehicle crash.  Investigators report that a 1988 Chevrolet pick up truck pulling an empty boat trailer was traveling east bound on Delaware Route 16 approaching a sharp curve to the left.  At the same time a 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on Delaware Route 16 approaching the same curve in the roadway.  Investigators report that the motorcycle driver laid the bike down as it was negotiating the curve in the roadway, and it struck the left front tire of the Chevrolet and slid down the left side of the pick up.  The Chevrolet driver attempted to brake and traveled off the south side of the road into a small marsh area. 

 

The driver of the motorcycle, identified as Anthony Strader, 40 of Silver Spring, Maryland, was flown to Christiana Emergency Center.  His female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.  Neither occupant of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet. 

 

The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as Harold A. Martin, Jr, 50 of New Castle, was not injured. 

 

The investigation remains ongoing at the time of this preliminary release. 

 

Both directions of Delaware Route 16 have been closed in the area of the crash while the investigation continues.