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Lincoln man, 38, killed in dirt bike crash

Adam J. Burton was riding on Wilkins Road near Bayhealth
September 18, 2019

Story Location:
Johnson Road
Lincoln  Delaware
United States

A 38-year-old Lincoln man died from injuries sustained in a dirt bike crash Sept. 17 in Lincoln. 

About 9 p.m., a Delaware State Police trooper observed a green Kawasaki dirt bike traveling on Wilkins Road near Bayhealth Sussex Campus. A dirt bike is an off-highway vehicle that is not street legal and not equipped with any lighting source.

The trooper attempted to stop the dirt bike, but the operator, Adam J. Burton, fled at an extremely high rate of speed. The dirt bike proceeded westbound on Johnson Road approaching Marshall Street in the limits of Lincoln. A 2009 Chevrolet Traverse was facing eastbound on Johnson Road preparing to make a left turn onto Marshall Street. The operator of the Traverse did not see the dirt bike due to its lack of lights and collided with the bike, ejecting Burton.

Burton was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision and did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license. He was transported to Bayhealth, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the Traverse, a 49-year-old female from Milford, was properly restrained and remained on scene. She was transported to Bayhealth, where she was treated and released.

The roadway was closed for about three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.