Driver Dead, 5-Year Old Passenger Critical in Dirt Bike Crash in New Castle

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NEW CASTLE, DE – A five-year-old boy is in critical condition after a dirt bike he was a passenger on, driven by a 31-year-old man collided with a car on Halcyon Drive in New Castle Saturday night.

According to the Delaware State Police, at approximately 9:11 p.m., a dirt bike was traveling southbound on New Castle Avenue passing the intersection with Halcyon Drive.

“The 31-year-old operator of the dirt bike from New Castle, DE had a 5-year-old male seated on the front of dirt bike between himself and the handlebars,” police reported Sunday morning. “The dirt bike is unregistered and does not have any lighting equipment.  At this time, a Volkswagen Golf was in the northbound left-turn lane of New Castle Ave, turning onto Halcyon Dr.  As the Volkswagen crossed New Castle Ave, the dirt bike struck the front of the Golf.  Both occupants on the dirt bike were ejected.”

The 31-year-old operator of the dirt bike was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin. The 5-year-old passenger was transported to AI Dupont Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Southbound lanes of New Castle Ave were closed for approximately 4.5 hours while the investigation was completed, and the roadway was cleared.

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