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Veteran bicyclist done riding on Sussex County roads

More bicycle safety needed following crash, says Angola-area resident
September 27, 2016

Story Location:
Beaver Dam Road
Stockley Road
Lewes  Delaware  19958
United States

A bicycle crash Sept. 16 has left a longtime bicyclist shaken and vowing never again to ride on Sussex County roads.

Bike enthusiast David Schmidt, who has regularly ridden with Sussex County cyclists for two years, said he was riding north on Beaver Dam Road at about 11:30 a.m., signaling to turn left on Stockley Road when he was hit from behind by a car.

"The bike flew across the road and I ended up sitting on the double line in the road," Schmidt said.

A police report states the left side of the bicycle struck the right front of the car. Schmidt says he realizes there were no witnesses, but insists the Millsboro woman driving the 2013 Kia Soul hit him as he turned left. He said he has strobe lights on his bike and helmet and mirrors that he constantly checks.

"I'm a precision rider and know all the rules of the road. I checked the mirrors several times before I signalled to turn," the Angola-area resident said.

Schmidt says his Specialized bicycle is totaled after landing across the roadway. He said the rear wheel shows the most damage.

Neither the Millsboro woman or Schmidt were charged. Schmidt was taken to Beebe Healthcare where he was treated and released with cuts, scrapes and fractures to his elbows. The woman was uninjured, police said.

Because neither party was charged, Schmidt said he is prepared for a fight with the insurance company. But despite the outcome, he said, cars must be mindful of bicyclists. "There were cars still trying to go around me after I fell and was sitting in the road," he said.

The cycling veteran said he's through riding on Sussex County roads because they aren't safe.

"It's too dangerous and drivers don't care," Schmidt said.