Motorcyclist dies after fleeing Bridgeville police

June 8, 2014

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash involving a motorcycle June 8 that left a 33-year-old Greenwood man dead after refusing to stop for a Bridgeville police officer.

The incident began at approximately 2:20 a.m. as a Bridgeville Police Department officer on routine patrol on northbound Route 13 observed a 2012 Yamaha R6L motorcycle traveling northbound above the posted speed limit. The Bridgeville officer activated his vehicle’s emergency equipment in an attempt to conduct a vehicle stop for the traffic violation.
The operator of the motorcycle, later identified as Melvin O. DeShields, 33, of Greenwood, refused to stop and accelerated away from the officer at a high rate of speed, turning eastbound onto Redden Road (Sussex 40). The motorcycle continued traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed and was unable to negotiate a moderate curve in the road, traveling off the south edge of the roadway, striking a bridge guardrail. After the impact, DeShields was ejected from the motorcycle onto the roadway. Preliminary investigation indicated that he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. DeShields sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.
Redden Road was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this crash. All inquiries as to the events that occurred prior to the crash can be directed to the Bridgeville Police Department.

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