Dover man critical after Rehoboth hit and run

Rollerblading victim was wearing flashing red light when struck
A rollerblader was struck along this portion of Rehoboth Ave. Ext. in front of Big Sissies Bar and Grill. BY RACHEL SWICK MAVITY
March 4, 2013

A 55-year-old Dover man was rollerblading just outside Rehoboth Beach March 2, heading west on Rehoboth Avenue Extended. It was dark, about 8:17 p.m., but police say Robert C. Flanagan was wearing a flashing red light and two other lights and was on the shoulder of the road when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Police say the vehicle that hit Flanagan in front of Big Sissies Bar and Grill fled the scene, heading toward Route 1.

Delaware State Police spokesman John Day said an ambulance was called immediately following the crash. Flanagan was taken by ambulance to Beebe Medical Center and then to Christiana Hospital where he remains in critical condition with injuries to his head and torso.

Police have not located the vehicle or the driver that struck Flanagan.

Investigators interviewed everyone in the area of the crash, including those at Henlopen Junction businesses, Day said.

Casa DiLeo delivery driver Jackson Gore said he was making a delivery to downtown Rehoboth just after the accident and saw the victim lying on the ground in the fetal position. Gore said several people were crowded around Flanagan.

By the time Gore returned from his delivery, he said police and an ambulance had arrived and were assisting the injured man.

Gore said police closed Rehoboth Avenue Extended from Route 1 to Church Street for several hours.

Joe Amato, co-owner of Big Sissies, said businesses closed early because of the accident and the road closure, which lasted until 11:30 p.m. While customers were able to leave, no one was able to get in, Amato said.

He said he didn't know who called 9-1-1, and he did not see the accident.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash.

Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at Troop 7 at 302-644-5020, Ext. 117. Callers may also provide a tip by texting keyword DSP plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or by calling 800-TIP-3333. Information can also be submitted at