Bicyclist dies following crash near Rehoboth Beach

January 23, 2023

A Rehoboth Beach bicyclist died following a crash Jan. 22 on Route 1 and Rehoboth Avenue Extended.

The crash happened at 7:23 p.m. when Russell Harrison, 54, of Rehoboth Beach, was riding a bicycle in the southbound shoulder of Route 1 and crossed eastbound into the southbound lanes, moving from the right side of the roadway to the left, said Sr. Cpl. Leonard DeMalto of the Delaware State Police.

While crossing the roadway, DeMalto said, Harrison rode into the path of a 2013 Nissan Altima traveling southbound on Route 1 approaching the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue Extended. The front of the Nissan struck the left side of the bicycle, catapulting Harrison onto the median, police said.

The driver of the Altima, a 40-year-old Rehoboth Beach man, fled the scene, but police found him nearby on Martin Street. He was not injured, DeMalto said.

Harrison was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

No other vehicles were involved in this collision. Route 1 was closed for about three hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers ask anyone who witnessed this collision to contact Master Cpl. K. Argo at 302-703-3264. Information may also be provided by sending a private Facebook message to Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333 or

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