Stopped motorcyclist struck, killed by SUV

Vines Creek Road east of Dagsboro (Photo: Google maps)
Vines Creek Road east of Dagsboro (Photo: Google maps)

DAGSBORO, DELAWARE (5/29/2016) A motorcyclist stopped on the shoulder of the road was killed Saturday night when his bike was struck by an SUV about a mile east of Dagsboro, the Delaware State Police reported today.

The crash happened shortly before 11 p.m. as Lucas M. Miller, 33, of West Lawn, Pennsylvania, was sitting on his 2016 Yamaha FZO7 motorcycle on the eastbound shoulder of Vines Creek Road (Route 26).

Police said Amber L. Petersheim, 26, of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, was driving a 2008 Nissan Xterra eastbound and allowed the SUV to drift onto the shoulder where the right front bumper struck the rear of the motorcycle. The bike became lodged in the engine compartment of the Xterra and remained upright while Miller was ejected to the ground.

Miller, who was wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said Petersheim is eight months pregnant and was taken by ambulance to Beebe Healthcare’s hospital in Lewes for observation. She had been wearing a seat belt.

Police said they are still investigating but neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be factors. No charges have been filed.

Police said Route 26 was closed about three hours as police investigated and the wreckage was cleared.

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