Victims killed in New Castle crash involving car, motorcycle identified by Delaware State Police

Troopers with Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and car in New Castle. 

According to police, a 2017 Chrysler Pacific was traveling west on Rt. 273 around 8:39 p.m., when the driver attempted to make a left turn Prangs Lane. 

As the driver of the Chrysler was attempting to turn, the operator of a 2020 Kawasaki Zx6 motorcycle traveling east on Rt. 273 in the left lane and approached Prangs Lane at a high rate of speed, authorities say. 

According to officials, as the Chrysler began the left turn onto Prangs Lane, the motorcycle struck the right side of the Chrysler. 

Police say the 36-year-old motorcycle operator was ejected and pronounced dead on scene. 


The Chrysler had three passengers, including the 47-year-old driver from new Castle, a 69-year-old woman from Florida sitting in the front passenger seat and a 16-year-old girl from New Castle in the rear passenger seat, per police. 

Authorities say the 69-year-old woman was pronounced dead on scene and the teenager was pronounced dead at an area hospital. 

Police later identified the victims as 16-year-old Caitlyn Wilson of New Castle, 69-year-old Beverly Weaver of Sun City, Florida and 36-year-old Dennis Smith of Newark, Delaware. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information is urged to contact Cpl. Forester at 302-365-8485.