18-year-old N.J. bicyclist killed in Delaware crash, police say

by Danica Brendon

Tragedy struck in Newark, Delaware, as an 18-year-old bicyclist lost his life in a devastating crash. The incident occurred on Friday, and local police in the area have confirmed the unfortunate event.

Authorities have identified the victim as Daniel Bacsik, an 18-year-old resident of Barnegat in Ocean County. At the time of the incident, Bacsik was riding his bicycle north on South College Avenue while a 2013 Toyota Sienna was traveling eastbound on West Delaware Avenue.

The crash occurred precisely at the intersection of the two roads, resulting in a fatal collision. Bacsik was ejected from his bicycle due to the impact and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

According to a statement released by the Newark Police Department, the traffic light at the intersection was fully operational and displayed a green light for eastbound traffic on West Delaware Avenue while displaying a red light for traffic on South College Avenue. This information suggests that the traffic light was not a contributing factor in the incident.

The driver of the Toyota, a 24-year-old individual, remained at the scene following the crash. Police have determined that neither speed nor impairment played a role in the accident, suggesting it was a tragic incident and not the result of any deliberate actions.

As investigations continue, the Newark Police Department Traffic Unit is appealing to the public for any information that could aid in understanding the circumstances surrounding the crash. Anyone with relevant details is urged to contact Cpl. R. Vernon at (302) 366-7100 x. 3452 or via email at rvernon@newark.de.us.

It is crucial to recognize the value of safe road practices and adhere to traffic regulations to prevent such devastating accidents. This incident highlights the need for vigilance and caution, whether in a vehicle or on a bicycle.

The loss of a young life in this tragic event is a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of raising awareness about road safety. As the community mourns this loss, it is an opportunity for everyone to reflect on their responsibility as road users and work towards creating safer environments for all.

Support for the victim’s family and friends is vital in times like these. Communities should come together to provide comfort, resources, and guidance to those affected by this devastating incident.

In the face of such tragedies, it is important to remember that accidents can happen to anyone. The responsibility lies with all road users to prioritize safety and make informed decisions while traveling. By doing so, we can strive to prevent further loss of life and preserve the well-being of our communities.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing, and the authorities are dedicated to uncovering all the details surrounding the incident. The cooperation of the public will greatly assist in this process, and it is hoped that the circumstances leading to this devastating crash will be fully understood.

As we mourn the loss of a young life, let us remember to support one another and work towards a safer future on our roads. Together, we can ensure that tragedies like this are minimized and that our communities are protected.

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For any further information or details regarding this incident, reach out to Chris Sheldon at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com.

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