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Motorcyclist Killed After Fleeing Police Traffic Stop

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit says they are investigating a crash involving a motorcycle, that has left a 33-year-old Greenwood man dead.

According to reports, the incident began at approximately 2:20 AM as a Bridgeville Police Department Officer on routine patrol, on northbound Sussex Highway (US13) in Bridgeville, observed a 2012 Yamaha R6L motorcycle traveling northbound on Sussex Highway above the posted speed limit. The Bridgeville Officer reportedly activated his vehicle's emergency equipment in an attempt to conduct a vehicle stop for the traffic violation.

Police say the operator of the motorcycle, later identified as Melvin DeShields, 33, of Greenwood, DE, refused to stop and accelerated away from the officer at a high rate of speed, turning eastbound onto Redden Road (SR40). The motorcycle reportedly continued traveling eastbound on Redden Road at a high rate of speed and was unable to negotiate a moderate curve in the road, traveling off of the south edge of the roadway striking a bridge guardrail. After the impact, police say DeShields was ejected from the motorcycle onto the roadway. Preliminary investigation reportedly indicated that he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Police say Deshields sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.

Redden Road was reportedly closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit says they are continuing to investigate this crash.

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