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Updated: Bicyclists Killed in Dewey Beach Were From DC

Posted: 10/21/2017 21:09:00 -04:00 Updated:



DEWEY BEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police say two bicyclists killed over the weekend in Dewey Beach were from the District of Columbia.

Police on Sunday identified the victims as 53-year-old James D. Walton and 58-year-old Richard Chittick.

The two were killed at around 5 p.m. Saturday on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach after being struck by an SUV.

Troopers said the 61-year-old driver of a Chevy Suburban was traveling on Coastal Highway northbound south of Saulsbury Street when he suffered an acute medical event that caused him to black out. Police said the Chevrolet crossed into the Coastal Highway southbound lanes and rapidly sped up in a northerly direction toward the Starboard Bar & Restaurant, where Watson and Chittick were standing while straddling their bicycles.

One man was on the Coastal Highway southbound shoulder, the other on the sidewalk. Investigators said both victims attempted to move out of the path of the Chevrolet but were unable to do so and were hit by the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle also struck a DP&L utility pole, severing it at ground level. After striking the two victims and the utility pole the Chevrolet continued into the Starboard parking lot where it struck an unoccupied Jeep Wrangler, before finally stopping.

Watson and Chittick were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Chevrole, who police said was properly restrained, was transported to Beebe Hospital for treatment. Neither impairment nor distraction is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this incident.  No charges have been filed at this time.

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