Cyclist dies after July 4 crash in South Bethany

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was continuing to investigate a crash in South Bethany last week that led to the death of a Maryland woman.

Police said the incident occurred on Thursday, July 4, around 10:16 p.m., when the 27-year-old Annapolis, Md., woman attempted to cross the southbound lanes of Route 1 at Evergreen Road on her bicycle, heading to the west, and pulled directly into the path of a Toyota Sienna that was being driven in the left southbound lane by a Pennsylvania man.

The front end of the Toyota struck the cyclist on the right side, knocking her to the pavement, police said, noting that the Toyota had come to an immediate stop and remained at the scene.

The cyclist, identified as Kelly M. Scruggs, was initially transported to Beebe Healthcare before being transferred in critical condition to Christiana Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on July 6, police reported.

According to the DSP, it was determined that Scruggs had not been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and that there were no functioning lights on the bicycle. Impairment on her behalf was undetermined, they reported after the crash.

The driver of the Toyota was uninjured, they noted, and impairment on his behalf was not deemed as a factor in the collision.

The crash continued to remain under investigation this week, and anyone with information regarding the incident is being asked to contact Sgt. A. Mendez of the Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit at (302) 703-3269. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at