Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash- Wilmington – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Friday, October 15th, 2021

Wilmington- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred early this morning.

On October 15, 2021, at approximately 12:40 a.m., a 2011 Yamaha FZ8 motorcycle operated by a 27-year-old Pennsylvania man was traveling southbound on Interstate 95 in the single southbound lane of travel and was approaching its interchange with Route 141.  Due to active road construction in the area, Interstate 95 southbound traffic was restricted to the left most lane of travel.  The Yamaha was traveling at a high rate of speed as it passed a vehicle on the left shoulder.  The Yamaha then reentered the southbound lane and proceeded to travel past another vehicle on the right.  At that point, the operator of the Yamaha lost control and struck the guardrail which separates Interstate 95 southbound from I-295 southbound.  The operator was ejected from the motorcycle and struck two additional guardrail posts. The Yamaha came to rest within the lane of travel inside the construction area. 

The 27-year-old operator of the Yamaha was pronounced deceased at the scene. His identification is pending notification to the next of kin.

The Yamaha motorcycle was a reported stolen vehicle by New Castle County Police on August 23, 2021.

Interstate 95 southbound was closed for approximately 3 hours while the collision was investigated, and the roadway cleared.

This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Master Corporal John Breen by calling 302-365-8486.Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at Debra.Reed@delaware.gov.

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Motorcycle ride commemorating Trail of Tears to travel through North Alabama on September 18


DECATUR, Ala. — Motorcyclists from across the southeast will come together on Saturday to commemorate the Trail of Tears.

The Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride is now in its 28th year and will travel on U.S. Highway 72 West to I-565 West from Bridgeport to Redstone Harley-Davidson then onto Mooresville Road through Athens and Florence. The ride ends in Waterloo.

The ride will depart at 8 a.m. and last until 2:30 p.m. with a 12 p.m. stop for lunch. It will be held rain or shine.

A kickoff rally with children’s activities, live music, street dancing, fireworks show, and other family fun activities in downtown Bridgeport on Friday, September 17.

The town of Waterloo will host a festival from September 17 through 19 in remembrance of those who walked the Trail of Tears.

Presented by the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission, the event includes live music on Friday and Saturday nights, flute and drum music and displays from Native American artisans and vendors. A River Walk Dedication ceremony will also be held on Saturday, September 18 at 10 a.m.

Guests at all events are expected to follow all guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including social distancing, washing or sanitizing hands, and wearing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible.



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Gov. Lamont lifts tractor-trailer, motorcycle travel ban on I-95


The tractor-trailer and motorcycle travel ban on I-95 was lifted Sunday afternoon.

The ban went into effect Sunday morning as Tropical Storm Henri dumped rain across the state.

Gov. Ned Lamont is still urging everyone to stay off the roads if possible until Henri has completely passed.



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Governor Lamont Announces Tractor Trailer and Motorcycle Travel Ban on I-95 Will Be Lifted at 5pm Sunday


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08/22/2021

Governor Lamont Announces Tractor Trailer and Motorcycle Travel Ban on I-95 Will Be Lifted at 5pm Sunday

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the travel ban on all empty tractor trailers, tandem tractor trailers, and motorcycles on Interstate 95 that went into effect this morning due to the impacts of Tropical Storm Henri will be lifted at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

For everyone’s safety, the governor continues to urge everyone to stay off the roads to the greatest extent possible until the storm has completely passed.

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Delaware State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash- Milford – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Milford, DE- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred Tuesday night in Milford.

On August 10, 2021, at approximately 8:24 p.m., a 1980 Kawasaki KZI motorcycle operated by a 25-year-old Milford man was traveling southbound on Bay Road (SR 1) approaching New Wharf Road. A 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV driven by a 38-year-old female from Milford was traveling northbound on Bay Road (SR 1), in the right travel lane, just north of New Wharf Road. For unknown reasons, the motorcycle exited the east edge of Bay Road southbound, traveled south through the grass median, entered the northbound travel lanes, and directly into the path of the Hyundai. The front of the Hyundai struck the right side of the Kawasaki. After colliding, the motorcycle came to an uncontrolled stop and came to rest on its left side. The Hyundai continued traveling north, exited the east edge of Bay Road, and the front center struck a utility pole.

EMS transported the motorcycle operator to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

The Hyundai operator and 19-year-old female front seat passenger were not injured.

The roadway was closed for approximately three hours while the collision was investigated, and the roadway cleared.

This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Cpl/3 William Booth by calling 302-697-4454.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at Debra.Reed@delaware.gov.

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Pittsburg man arrested after motorcycle chase


PITTSBURG, Kan. — A 25-year-old Pittsburg man was arrested Thursday night after fleeing police during an attempted traffic stop, Pittsburg police said in a release.  

On Thursday night, August 5, at approximately 8:15 p.m., a Pittsburg police officer attempted to stop a black 2013 Honda motorcycle for allegedly not displaying registration in the 100 block of W. 15th St., in Pittsburg.  According to the release, the motorcycle, which was occupied by a male driver and a female passenger, failed to stop and then began to flee from the officer, who had activated the lights and siren on their patrol car.  

During the pursuit, speeds did not go above 25 miles per hour PPD officials say.  

“The motorcycle continued to head eastbound on 15th St. and failed to stop for the stop signs at Broadway, Elm and Joplin Streets. The officer continued to pursue the motorcycle to Smelter St. and then north to 17th St. and then back to the west into an alleyway between Grand and Smelter Streets,” the release said. “There were two pedestrians walking in the alleyway at the time, and the motorcycle narrowly missed striking one of the pedestrians, at which time the officer ceased pursuing the motorcycle and stopped to check on the pedestrians.”  

According to the release, another officer located the motorcycle around the intersection of 11th St. and Smelter St. and attempted to stop it, however, the motorcycle allegedly continued to flee from the officer. The motorcycle headed southbound eventually entering Schlanger Park.  

PPD officials said officers went around the park and caught up with the motorcycle once again as it left the roadway and began to travel through several residential yards.   

“Officers yelled for the driver to stop the motorcycle, and at one point the motorcycle stopped, and the passenger then got off the vehicle and was detained by officers,” the release said. “The motorcycle then continued to drive through residential yards and was heading back to Putnam St. when officers were able to physically remove the driver from the motorcycle.”  

While officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, they allegedly deployed a Taser, and the driver, a 25-year-old Pittsburg man, was taken into custody without further incident. 

According to the release the passenger from the motorcycle was later released from the scene, and the motorcycle was also towed from the scene. Crawford County EMS was also contacted regarding a minor injury that the driver allegedly sustained during the Taser deployment. He was transported to Ascension Via Christi for treatment but was released shortly thereafter. 

PPD officials said in the release that the driver was then taken to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for booking. He was charged with felony aggravated assault, felony flee or attempt to elude law enforcement, felony interference with law enforcement, felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance, operating a motor vehicle without registration, and various moving violations.  

He also had a no-bond felony warrant for his arrest from Ottawa County, Oklahoma, and is being held without bond, according to the release  

The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 231- 1700, or at their automated tip line, (620) 231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous. 



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Lynus Erickson, killed in motorcycle crash, recalled as talented photographer


AMHERST — Staff at the student-run newspaper at the University of Massachusetts are in mourning after the “devastating loss” of their friend and head photo editor in a motorcycle crash.

On Tuesday, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian published a statement on its website, saying that Lynus Erickson, 21, of Medford, “will truly be missed by all of us.”

Erickson died June 22 in a single-vehicle crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston. Massachusetts State Police issued a statement saying that “speed is believed to be a contributing factor.”

A preliminary investigation found that Erickson was riding east at around 12:30 p.m. when his motorcycle “went from the right travel lane to the left travel lane and struck the wall on the left side.”

Erickson was taken to Tufts Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation,” according to State Police.

Erickson, who majored in film studies and philosophy, was an assistant photo editor at the Collegian from the fall of 2019 through this spring, then was hired as head photo editor for the coming year. The newspaper has posted a gallery of his work on its website, showing Erickson’s eye for athletics, performance art, politics, and candid shots of campus life.

“He was a talented photographer and a joy to be around,” the newspaper said. “Lynus was always willing to learn and improve and always had a smile on his face. Those who knew him will remember his kindness, his sense of humor and his passion for his work.”

An avid year-round hiker, Erickson was a member of the UMass Outing Club. He was laid to rest Monday at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, and in lieu of flowers, his family asked for donations to be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club. So far, donations total nearly $6,100.

“He was increasingly fluent in Japanese. In his ‘prop shop’ he built and painted film-quality replicas of Boba Fett helmets and armor,” reads his obituary. “Throughout his growing years, Lynus loved Thomas the Tank Engine, Ultraman, and building with Lego bricks.”

He leaves his parents, Christian and Shelley Erickson, sister Astrid, also a UMass Amherst student, and brother Asmund.

“Growing up, he would always have his camera with him, even when we were just going to lunch,” said Astrid Erickson. “It was great” going to UMass with her brother, she said, and the two made the dean’s list together last semester.

Shelley Erickson said that the family maintains a strong connection to Japan and their local Japanese community. Her parents are Christian missionaries, and the Erickson family lived in Japan for several years when Lynus was a child. After the 2011 tsunami that killed 16,000 people and caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, the family, including Lynus, went to Japan to help with relief efforts.

From first grade through high school, Lynus attended the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston, a school for expatriates run by the Japanese government. He was so skilled in Japanese that he was admitted as one of only a few non-Japanese natives.

Lynus was in a dual enrollment program in high school, taking classes at Bunker Hill Community College and Harvard Extension School at the same time. After graduation, he took a gap year and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Boise, Idaho, studying how grazing livestock can reduce wildfire risk.

After Idaho, Lynus traveled “from the southern tip to the northern tip” of Japan, his father said, “hopping from hostel to hostel” to meet new people, go skiing and take photos.

Christian Erickson works for the software company Adobe, famous for products including Photoshop, but Lynus’ love of photography quickly eclipsed his own.

“Compared to Lynus, I’m an amateur,” Christian Erickson said, adding that Lynus had started using a drone to take aerial photos and videos. “On a hike, he’d rather take his lens than take food.”

Shelley Erickson said her son was passionate about the planet and would not eat seafood because of the effects of fishing on the oceans.

She said Lynus preferred to take candid photos of people because “he felt that somehow reflected who they truly were. He was open to all people. He wanted to respect and know people as they were.”

Molly Brooks, Erickson’s girlfriend, said she and Erickson were friends for several years thanks to their connection to the UMass Outing Club and began dating about four months ago. She admired Erickson’s “wonder and enthusiasm,” and his “sense of awe.”

“I was a lot more excited to be alive when I was around him,” said Brooks, 21, of Amherst. “I think we’re all a little angry at what could have been. We’re missing a positive presence in our lives and a really good friend. … We’re missing the support that he was so willing to give.

“He was one of a kind, and I feel really grateful that I got to know him,” she said.

UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said the campus community was deeply saddened by Erickson’s death.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and classmates as we mourn his loss,” Blaguszewski said in a statement.

The family is planning to hold a celebration of life to remember Lynus, but there is no date yet. Christian Erickson said that when Lynus was laid to rest, there was “quite a large turnout” of mourners, and the family wants to plan “a celebration that includes all the different circles that he touched.”

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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash- Newark – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Newark – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is conducting an investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash on Route 896 (South College Avenue) that occurred Sunday morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:35 a.m., on Sunday, June 6, 2021, as a 2020 Can-Am Spyder 3-wheel motorcycle, being operated by a 65-year-old male of Wilmington, Delaware, was traveling northbound on Route 896 in the right lane of two northbound thru lanes of travel, approaching the intersection with GBC drive.  The traffic signal for Route 896 northbound at the intersection began cycling from green to yellow.  The operator of the Can-Am began to slow down in response to the traffic signal.  At this time, a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 was traveling northbound on Route 896 in the right lane of travel, approaching the intersection with GBC drive. The Mercedes failed to slow down for the motorcycle ahead and struck the rear of Can-Am. The force of the impact pushed the motorcycle into the intersection where it became engulfed in flames.

The 65-year-old male operator of the Can-Am was ejected from the motorcycle. He was transported to Christiana Hospital and admitted for life threatening injuries. He was later pronounced deceased on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

The 16-year-old male operator of the Mercedes was properly restrained and did not sustain any injuries from this collision.  Impairment of either operator is not a contributing factor into this collision.

Route 896 northbound between Route 40 and GBC Drive was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

No charges have been filed at this time as the investigation remains on-going.

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Corporal/3 Breen by calling 302-365-8486. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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Camden Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash- Harrington – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Harrington- Delaware State Police is investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Camden, DE, man.

On May 20, 2021, at approximately 5:33 p.m., a 1998 Yamaha YZF sport style motorcycle was traveling southbound on S. DuPont Highway in the right lane approaching State Fair Boulevard. A brown 2017 Buick Encore was stopped at the posted stop sign on State Fair Boulevard, preparing to cross the southbound lanes of S. DuPont Highway and enter the median crossover to travel northbound. Due to the extreme rate of speed by the motorcycle, the operator of the Buick was unable to perceive the motorcycle and began to crossover the southbound travel lanes. The Yamaha struck the left side of the Buick on the left rear passenger door, causing the Buick to rotate nearly 180 degrees before coming to rest. After impact, the operator of the motorcycle came to rest in the left travel lane.

The operator of the motorcycle was a 22-year-old male of Camden. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

The operator of the Buick was an 81-year-old female of Dover. She was flown to Christiana Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. She was treated and will be released.

The Delaware State Police Troop 3 Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating the collision. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Cpl/3 Joseph Lane by calling 302-697-4454. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com .

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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