Date of Occurrence: Tuesday July 16, 2013 at approximately 6:40 a.m.
Operator and Vehicle Information:
Operator #1: Unknown
Vehicle #1: Unknown
Bicyclist: Wayne Thomas Blanks Jr., 38, Baltimore, MD
Frankford, DE - The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a hit and run crash near Frankford that sent a bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries.
The incident occurred around 6:40 a.m. this morning as Wayne Thomas Blanks Jr. was bicycling eastbound on the improved shoulder of Omar Road, just west of West Road. An unknown vehicle was also traveling eastbound on Omar Road approaching the bicycle from behind when the passenger side mirror struck the cyclist. Blanks was thrown from the bicycle and into a wooded area southeast of the roadway. The vehicle, which has not been identified, continued eastbound and failed to stop.
Wayne Thomas Blanks was removed from the scene and airlifted by State Police Helicopter to Christiana Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition. His bicycle was equipped a rear light that was set to flash.
Troopers are continuing their investigation into this crash. If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Master Corporal L. Dick at 302-856-5850 ext. 328 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."