Rehoboth Beach police chief involved in crash

Route 1 intersection at Miller Road (Photo: Google maps)
Route 1 intersection at Miller Road (Photo: Google maps)

REHOBOTH BEACH, DELAWARE (2/17/2016) Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith W. Banks was involved in a two-vehicle crash outside the city early Saturday, authorities reported Tuesday.

The collision happened about 6:50 a.m. on Route 1 (Coastal Highway) at Miller Road, according to Delaware State Police.

Banks, 47, was driving a city-owned 2013 Ford Taurus southbound as a 2012 Jeep Patriot SUV was northbound and turning left onto Miller Road.

The Jeep, driven by Sumer M. Clevenger, 36, of Georgetown, came to a stop at the intersection, which is controlled by a traffic light, and began to turn when it was struck on the passenger side by the Ford, state police said.

Both vehicles came to an uncontrolled stop on the southwest side of the highway.

No injuries were reported. State police said both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The crash is still under investigation by state police and no charges have been filed. They asked any witnesses to call Cpl. A. Mitchell at 302-703-3322.

Both vehicles were disabled by the crash, said Lt. Jaime B. Riddle, spokesman for Rehoboth police.


“In an effort to protect the integrity of this investigation no further details are being released at this time,” Riddle said.

Tips also may be submitted anonymously through Delaware Crime Stoppers, which offers rewards, at 800-847-3333 or