Driver ‘Blacks Out' as SUV Strikes, Kills 2 Bicyclists in Dewey Beach, Police Say

Police are searching for witnesses of a car crash that killed two bicyclists over the weekend in a Delaware Beach town. 

Delaware State Police identified the victims of the wreck along Delaware Route 1, aka Coastal Highway, as 53-year-old James Walton and 58-year-old Richard Chittick. Both men were from the Washington, D.C.

The two died early Saturday evening when they were struck by an SUV. The driver, a 61-year-old man from New York, lost control of his Florida-registered Chevy Suburban after "he suffered an acute medical event causing him to black out," Delaware State Police said. 

The victims attempted to move out of the way on their bicycles, but were struck by the front of the SVU. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle also hit a DP&L utility pole and unoccupied Jeep Wrangler in the parking lot of the Starboard Bar and Restaurant.

Police do not believe distraction or impairment are factors in the crash.

Any witness with information about the crash is asked to contact Cpl. N. DeMalto at 302-703-3267.

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