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Del. Police ID Man Struck and Killed by DART Bus

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police have released the name of a man struck and  killed by a DART First State bus in Rehoboth Beach.

The victim has been identified as Deepak P. Chatani, 37, of Rehoboth Beach.

Police said the incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, as 58-year-old George A. Bryant, of Milton, was operating the DART bus northbound on Coastal Highway (SR1) and approaching the intersection with Shuttle Road. According to police, the bus was changing lanes from the left travel lane into the left turn lanes in order to make a left onto Shuttle Road. 

Troopers said that immediately upon turning into the turn lanes, Chatani was walking with his bicycle northbound in the roadway with his back to traffic when he was struck by the bus from behind. Police said Chatani was thrown forward and landed against the east edge of the median while the bicycle was partially run over by the bus, and remained lodged under the left front, as the bus came to a stop in the turn lane.
 
Chatani was transported from the scene by local EMS to Beebe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Investigators said he was not carrying a flashlight while walking in the roadway, nor was one attached to his bicycle.


Bryant was properly restrained and was not injured in the collision, police said. Investigators noted that the bus he was operating was empty at the time and was out of service.
 
In a statement released about the crash, Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt said, "Very early this morning DELDOT and DART  were advised by State Police that a bicyclist involved in a Thursday night collision with a DART bus near the Rehoboth Beach Park & Ride had passed away.  The details of this tragedy are under investigation by law enforcement.  As per our standard operating procedures, the driver of the bus was immediately taken to a local medical facility for drug and alcohol testing.  Everyone at Delaware Transit Corporation deeply regrets this loss of life and our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of this individual."

The DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is handling the accident investigation.

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