Accident linked to racing claims life of motorcyclist

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An accident tied to street racing at the Christiana Fashion Center took the life of a motorcycle driver on Wednesday night.

The initial investigation has determined a Suzuki GSXR 750 operated by a 16-year-old male from Newark was stopped in the fire lane facing east in front of REI Sporting Goods store at 2300 Fashion Center Boulevard.

The Fashion Center is adjacent to Christiana Mall.

Troopers reported a 2008 Infiniti G35 began racing westbound in the fire lane and approached the Suzuki at a high rate of speed. The front of the Infiniti struck the front of the motorcycle and ejected the 16-year-old operator and his 17-year-old female passenger.

The operator of Suzuki was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.

The female passenger on the Suzuki was transported to Christiana Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Infiniti, a 20-year-old man from Newark initially fled on foot, but was later taken into custody at the Christiana Hospital. The man, who was not wearing a seatbelt was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Street racing and ATVs on roads and highways have become more widespread during the pandemic.

The Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the crash. Charges are pending.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet athttp://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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