The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate an accident that claimed the life of a Laurel woman this weekend.
The investigation thus far has determined that the accident occurred around 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, as 52-year-old Mary Ann Wade was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Sussex Highway (Route 13), just north of Route 24 (Laurel Road) in Laurel, on her bicycle.
As Wade began to cross the road in a westerly direction, just south of the intersection, she entered directly into the path of a Honda motorcycle being operated by a 63-year-old Bridgeville man. The front of the motorcycle struck Wade, throwing her into the roadway just north of the intersection, where she came to rest. The motorcycle slid off of the roadway and came to a rest in the grass median.
Wade, who was wearing dark clothing and whose bike was not equipped with a light, was removed from the scene by ambulance and transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. It is unknown if alcohol or drug use on the part of Wade was a factor in the crash.
The motorcycle driver was transported by ambulance to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for non-lifethreatening injuries. Neither alcohol or drug use on the part of the motorcyclist is being considered as a factor in the crash. The investigation has determined that the traffic signal for northbound traffic on Sussex Highway was green at the time of the crash.
The intersection of Sussex Highway and Laurel Road was closed for about three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared. The crash remains under investigation.