(Newark, DE 19702) Last Saturday, (April 27) at 4:30 p.m. the New Castle County Division of Police Traffic Services Unit was tasked with investigating a crash involving an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle).
The crash occurred in the area of the 100 block of Lenni Court, in the community of The Woods. When the investigators arrived they learned that a 40-year-old male was riding the Yamaha Banshee (ATV) on Lenni Court. The subject lost control of the ATV and hit a curb causing the vehicle to roll. The subject was then thrown off of the ATV and struck his head on the curb.
The subject, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained serious, life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he has been admitted.
The New Castle County Division of Police reminds residents that operating ATVs on roadways and sidewalks is extremely dangerous and illegal.
Delaware law prohibits the operation of OHVs/ATVs on public roadways, sidewalks, private property (without the consent from the property owner) or right-of-way locations within the State of Delaware. The only exception to this law is during special events, which require permits from the governmental body having jurisdiction over the area.
The penalties for riding an OHV/ATV in prohibited areas include a citation, towing/ storage fees and if convicted a fine of $100 and impoundment for up to 100 days at the expense of the owner.
If there are subsequent offense(s) within 24 months of a prior conviction or of a similar OHV state or local law, statute or ordinance, an operator could face a fine of $400 and impoundment for a mandatory minimum time period of six (6) months, at the expense of the owner.
Please contact the New Castle County Division of Police if you observe an OHV/ATV operating on any of the above-listed areas.
This can be done by calling the non-emergency number at (302) 573-2800. You will be asked to provide a description of the OHV/ATV, operator and location. Citizens can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com.,or (IM) on the New Castle County Division of Police Facebook page. Citizens can also submit a tip anonymously by text. Send a text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field and your tip.