Two motorcyclists seriously injured in crash

SELBYVILLE – Two persons from Newark were seriously injured Friday afternoon in a motorcycle/vehicle crash on U.S. 113 near the Maryland border.

Delaware State Police investigation revealed a Ford Expedition operated by 81-year-old Norma J. Parks of Bishopville, MD., pulled from the Goose Creek Convenience Store parking lot on S. DuPont Boulevard intending to enter the median crossover for Church Street.

As Ms. Parks exited the parking lot and entered the roadway, she drove directly into the path of a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle, which was southbound on U.S. 113, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

The motorcycle struck the front of the Expedition, ejecting the driver, a 44-year-old Newark man and a 58-year-old female passenger. Both riders tumbled several times before coming to rest in the grass median, investigation revealed

The two motorcyclists were treated at the scene by Sussex County EMS Paramedics and airlifted by Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 2) and LifeNet helicopter to the Christiana Hospital. Both were admitted with serious injuries.

Authorities believe both cyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the crash, although the one worn by the male operator was not one approved by the Department of Transportation.

Neither alcohol use nor speed are considered as factors in this crash, which remains under state police investigation. Charges are expected to be filed, Cpl. Fournier.

The incident occurred about 1:05 p.m.

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