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Motorcyclist Killed in Del. Crash


MILFORD, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a Tuesday night collision between a motorcycle and a car that claimed the life of the motorcyclist and left the car's two occupants injured. 

The crash is reported to have occurred at the intersection of SR 1 (Coastal Highway) southbound and SR 30 (Wilkins Road) approximately a quarter mile south of Milford. 
Police said that at around 9:27 p.m., 38-year-old Mark E. Coverdale of Milford was operating a Kawasaki Z7L motorcycle and traveling southbound on SR 1.  

Police said that meantime, a Lexus ES350, driven by 68-year-old Stephanie G. McDonough, also of Milford, was facing westbound in the crossover between the north and southbound lanes of SR 1 and attempting to proceed onto SR 30. 
The intersection is controlled by a flashing red light and posted stop signs for east and westbound traffic, according to investigators. They also noted that the north and southbound traffic at the intersection have the right-of-way with a flashing yellow light. 
Police said the Lexus pulled westbound across the southbound lanes of SR 1 in front of the motorcycle, resulting in the motorcycle striking the right rear of the Lexus.  As a result of the collision, Coverdale was ejected from his motorcycle.
Coverdale was pronounced dead at the scene from injures sustained in the crash.  Coverdale was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, according to police.
McDonough, along with her 8-year-old granddaughter who was a passenger in the Lexus, were transported to Milford Memorial Hospital by ambulance. McDonough was treated for unspecified injuries and released. The 8-year-old was eventually flown to A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital where she is listed in serious but stable condition. The child was properly restrained in a booster seat, troopers said. 
Police said a preliminary investigation suggests that speed on the part of Coverdale was a factor in the collision. 

The DSP Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate the crash and asks anyone with information regarding what happened to contact investigators at (302) 644-5020, attn: CRU investigators. 

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