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Newark Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide

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NEWARK, Del. - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit says they have charged a 21-year-old Newark man with Vehicular Homicide and related charges in connection with the death of an unidentified adult male bicyclist, last evening in Newark.

According to reports, preliminary investigation indicates that the crash occurred on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at approximately 8:30 PM as a 2003 Honda Accord operated by Rahul A. Patel, 21, of Newark, was traveling at a high rate of speed on westbound Ogletown Road (DE273) approaching the Ruthar Drive intersection. Patel reportedly lost control of the Honda which traveled off of the roadway onto the center median, rotating counter-clockwise, and continuing into the intersection. Police say the passenger side of the Honda struck an adult male bicyclist who was traveling through the intersection in a northerly direction, attempting to cross Ogletown Road.

The male bicyclist reportedly suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he has not been identified at the time of release, and his name will be released upon positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Rahul A. Patel was reportedly properly restrained and not injured.

Police say after further investigation it was determined that Patel was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was reportedly taken into custody and charged with Vehicular Homicide 1st Degree and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Police say Patel was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $20,500 Cash Bond.

The Ogletown Road and Ruthar Drive intersection was reportedly closed for approximately 4 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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