Fatal Crash Involving Bicyclist on South College Avenue

On September 29, 2023, at about 0249 hours, Newark Police responded to a report of a crash at the intersection of South College Avenue and East Delaware Avenue.

The initial investigation determined that a 2013 Toyota Sienna was traveling eastbound on West Delaware Avenue approaching South College Avenue. A bicyclist was northbound on South College Avenue approaching the intersection with West Delaware Avenue.  The Toyota struck the bicyclist in the intersection.  The bicyclist was ejected from the bicycle and landed on the north side of East Delaware Avenue.  The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The traffic light at the intersection was functioning and displayed a green light for eastbound traffic on West Delaware Avenue and a red light for traffic on South College Avenue.

The 24 year-old driver of the Toyota remained at the scene.  Neither speed nor impairment on the part of the Toyota driver are factors in this crash.

The identity of the bicyclist is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

The roadways were closed for about three hours while the crash was investigated.

This crash remains under investigation by the Newark Police Department Traffic Unit.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cpl. R. Vernon at (302) 366-7100 x. 3452 or rvernon@newark.de.us.  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

Prior Releases:
Traffic Alert – Roadway Open
Traffic Alert – Roadway Closed

Wilmington Man Charged With Drug Offenses After Assaulting Officers

On September 26, 2023, at about 1928 hours, Newark Police responded to a restaurant in Newark Shopping Center, 230 East Main Street, to check on the welfare of a male who had entered the bathroom and did not leave.

When officers attempted to contact the male, the male attempted to force his way past the officers and began to struggle with the officers, damaging restaurant property during the struggle.  After attempts to use a Taser were ineffective on the male, the officers were able to take him into custody.

During the course of the struggle, two officers suffered physical injuries that did not require medical attention.

Once the male was taken into custody, cocaine was found in his possession.  The male was identified as Lee Warrington, 38, of Wilmington.

Warrington was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with

  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine
  • Assault Second Degree on a Law Enforcement Officer (2 counts)
  • Resisting Arrest with Force or Violence
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Criminal Trespass Third Degree

Warrington appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $43,100 cash bail.  Warrington was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Lee Warrington