WEEKEND #7, 2021
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BICYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED BY HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER ON REHOBOTH AVE
For the second time last week, a female bicyclist was seriously injured in a collision with an auto in the Rehoboth/Dewey area. Police are investigating the latest crash involving a 20-year-old international student from Kazakhstan who was riding this bicycle late Saturday afternoon.
The crash happened on Rehoboth Avenue-Extended around 4:50 p.m. Police say the driver failed to maintain his travel lane and entered the westbound shoulder where the front of his Jeep struck the rear of her bicycle. As a result, the cyclist was thrown from the bike and landed at the entrance to Henlopen Square.
Several people who witnessed the crash were able to provide suspect details to responding officers and led them to the striking vehicle, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep and its occupants had stopped nearby in the Grand Rental Center parking lot where police placed the driver in handcuffs.
The bicyclist was flown to a trauma center from the Rehoboth Elementary School. That was the third time last week that the school's parking lot was used by Trooper 2.
Police have charged the driver, Derek M. White, 46, of Millsboro, with vehicular assault and six other traffic-related offenses. White was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $3,500 cash bond.
The woman's sponsor has been contacted and is in touch with the family and the hospital.
The other crash that left a 13-year-old bicyclist in critical condition happened Tuesday night on the north edge of Dewey Beach (see below).
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GIRL CRITICALLY INJURED IN DEWEY BICYCLE CRASH
Two teenage girls on bikes were injured, one critically, on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach last Tuesday night when they collided with a Ford Explorer. The crash happened in the southbound lanes between Saint Louis and Houston streets just before 9:45 p.m. The driver of the 2010 Ford Explorer remained at the scene.
Trooper 2 landed at the Rehoboth Elementary School to fly the girl with critical injuries to a trauma center but she was ultimately taken by ambulance when she became unstable. The second girl who was injured was taken to the hospital hours later by her mother.
According to one bystander, the group of three girls with bikes was attempting to cross Coastal Highway at or near the crosswalk which features one of the new rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) traffic signals. As the bicyclists attempted to cross the roadway, police say they traveled into the path of the Ford Explorer. The 70-year-old driver from Bethany Beach was unable to avoid the collision and the bicyclists were struck within the left travel lane of Coastal Highway.
Police later said that the girl who was critically injured is a 13-year-old from Wilmington and the other who had minor injuries is a 14-year-old from Hockessin. Neither wore helmets, according to police. Police have not commented further on the critical girl's current condition. No word from police if the bikes had lights.
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MAN FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER AFTER TUMBLE IN REHOBOTH
First surf injury flown from Rehoboth this summer
A 47-year-old man took a tumble in the surf, struck his head and was unable to move. It happened just before 5 p.m. last Tuesday near the Rehoboth Avenue jetty.
Lifeguards pulled the man to safety and called for EMS. An ambulance took him to the Rehoboth Elementary School where he was flown to a trauma center.
The following day, a nine-year-old girl was injured in the surf just before 4:45 p.m. off Brooklyn Avenue when she struck her head while boogie-boarding. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance but her injuries were not nearly as serious.
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NOTEWORTHY WEEKEND CRASHES IN REHOBOTH/LEWES AREA
Police and fire/EMS crews kept busy this past weekend responding to several accidents that made peak summer traffic worse than usual. Fortunately injuries were not life threatening.
This first accident was reported on the northbound side at Seaside Outlet Drive around 5:10 p.m. on Saturday. According to Cpl. Gary Fournier, state police spokesman, the driver of the Acura struck the Toyota Highlander and was charged with failure to stop at a red light. A woman in her 50's who was not wearing her seatbelt was thrown from the passenger's seat into the driver's seat when her SUV got struck. A second person was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Photo courtesy David Koster, PortraitsInTheSand.com
Around 8 p.m. Saturday, a five-vehicle crash sent a mother and her four kids to the hospital with minor injuries. That happened on Kings Highway near Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.
Two women in this overturned Hyundai SUV were taken to the hospital after the collision with the Honda sedan at the intersection of John J. Williams Highway and Warrington Road near Rehoboth. That happened around 11:20 a.m. on Sunday.
Photo courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC
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ECOTOURS NOW OFFERED FROM REHOBOTH'S NEW DOCK
Cape Water Tours and Taxi has started offering estuarine ecology-themed boat tours of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal from Rehoboth's new Grove Park dock.
Dave Green, owner/operator of Cape Water Tours and Taxi, said that they hope to eventually build a regular calendar of activities at the Grove Park dock. More info will be posted on the company website. Meanwhile, an "examining local shellfish aquaculture" tour is scheduled for August 25.
Photo courtesy Delaware Sea Grant
DELAWARE BOTANIC GARDENS AT PEPPER CREEK
In 2012, gardening enthusiasts came together to create what is now the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, run by a nonprofit organization. The gardens, which are located just northeast of Dagsboro, are along the Pepper Creek which flows into the Indian River Bay.
The gardens consist of 37 acres with the sandy coastal plain, a hill and 12 acres of hardwood forests that meet wetland marshes with more than 1000 feet of waterfront along the tidal creek.
Income for the gardens is provided via membership dues, admission fees, gift shop and online sales, event rentals, special show admissions and donations.
The Delaware Botanic Gardens is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with guided tours at 10 a.m. See the DBG website for info.
Photos courtesy Dale Sheldon
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REHOBOTH COMMISSIONER CAMPAIGN NEWS
Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Assoc. Candidate Forum set for this Saturday, July 17
Commissioner candidate Tim Bennett and former Comm. Toni Sharp attended a meet-and-greet at the beautiful home of Kate and Bunky Markert in the Schoolvue section of Rehoboth this past weekend.
Sharp says the topics included tree preservation, infrastructure and neighborhood outreach with lots of discussion about the city's long-term vision.
People expressed concern about the new building trends and the proposed hotels. Bennett talked about "good growth," knowing we will grow but how important it is to be sure it fits with the character of the city.
No campaign photos this weekend from Comm. Dick Byrne or Rachel Macha (although she did catch the amazing whale video, below). Please send photos or news if you see any of them on the campaign trail!
This year's candidate forum will be before a live audience starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, at CAMP Rehoboth. The RBHA is soliciting questions in advance which will be presented to the candidates by David Mariner and Mark Saunders, RBHA president. The forum will be live-streamed and recorded. The link will appear on the CAMP Rehoboth Facebook page and the video will be posted on the CAMP Rehoboth YouTube channel.
Images courtesy Kate Markert and Toni Sharp
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Peak season Coastal Highway congestion at sunset by David Koster, PortraitsInTheSand.com...
Sunrise on Dewey Beach by Susan Howard...
Whale sighting off Prospect Street in Rehoboth on Sunday by Rachel Macha...
MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says that last week her organization had no strandings to report. The annual dolphin count is next Saturday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. MERR will have observation points running from Fenwick Island up to Woodland Beach in Smyrna. If you would like to volunteer for the dolphin count, please call or text (302) 228-5029.
ANOTHER FEMALE BICYCLIST HIT BY AUTO (NEAR FENWICK)--- Yet another female bicyclist was struck around 7 p.m. Sunday near the Walgreens on West Fenwick Boulevard which is midway between Fenwick and Roxana. She was flown to a trauma center with a suspected head injury.
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