Millsboro man succumbs to injuries sustained in motorcycle crash

John M. Hodgson, 67, of Millsboro, died July 7 as a result of the injuries he sustained in a July 6 crash south of Greenwood, Delaware State Police announced this week.

Police said the accident occurred around 9:20 p.m. on July 6 as a 66-year-old Seaford man was driving a 2008 Ford F-150 pickup southbound in the left lane of Sussex Highway (Route 13) just south of Cart Branch Road. Hodgson was riding a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle and was also southbound in the left lane of Route13, behind the pickup, they said.

According to the DSP, for unknown reasons, the motorcycle struck the left rear of the pickup in the left lane. The truck continued south and pulled to a controlled stop in the grass median, they said, while Hodgson lost control and the motorcycle fell to its side, ejecting him onto the ground. The Harley and Hodgson came to an uncontrolled stop in the median just east of the left travel lane, police said.

The driver of the pickup and three adult passengers, all properly restrained in the pickup, were uninjured, troopers noted. Hodgson, who was not wearing a helmet, was initially transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital before being flown to Christiana Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries the following afternoon.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit was continuing their investigation into the incident. If anyone witnessed this crash, they are being asked to contact Master Cpl. J. Burns at (302) 644-5020, ext. 112, or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Route 13 south of Cart Branch Road was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.