Delaware State Police are reporting the victim of a Sept. 7 bicycle crash has died.

Thomas H. Draper, 76, of Milford, died at about 2:37 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Baltimore Shock Trauma, said division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

Long considered a pioneer in radio and television broadcasting on Delmarva, Draper had owned WBOC-TV since 1980.


Detectives with the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious crash involving a bicyclist.

Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the crash took place around 7:35 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 on Slaughter Beach Road in the area of Wells Road.

The police probe revealed the cyclist, 76-year-old Thomas H. Draper of Milford, was headed eastbound on Slaughter Beach Road when he was hit by a 2013 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by Shawn E. Armstrong, 37 of Lewes, who also was traveling eastbound on Slaughter Beach Road.

Armstrong stopped immediately after the collision and called 911, Fournier said.

Draper, the owner of the WBOC television station, at first was taken to Bayhealth Hospital-Milford Campus before being airlifted to Baltimore Shock Trauma in critical condition. Armstrong was not hurt in the collision.

Police are continuing their investigation into this incident, and drug and alcohol use do not appear to be a factor, Fournier said.

No charges have been filed at this time, Fournier added.