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Dewey Beach rallies for surf shop owner injured in serious moped crash

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Prayers and rallying cries like “Dewey Strong” filled social media this weekend in support for a well-known and loved Dewey Beach business owner and surfer who was seriously injured in a crash between a car and a moped Friday evening.

Tyler Hudson, owner of Dewey Beach Surf Shop, was riding a moped west on Shuttle Road just off Coastal Highway when a Lewes man, who Delaware State Police said was driving under the influence of alcohol, hit Hudson at about 7:30 p.m. with his car.

The 46-year-old driver was traveling south on Bayside Outlet Road in a Honda Element and continued through a stop sign at Shuttle Road when a group of about seven mopeds was riding past, police said. 

The Honda collided with the front of Hudson’s moped, which police said then rolled onto its side and came to a rest in the middle of the intersection with Hudson still seated on the moped. The other people in the group of mopeds avoided the collision, according to police.

This crash comes as the Delaware beaches seem to be overwhelmed with crashes, especially on and around busy beach routes like Coastal Highway.

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The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company responded to more than seven car collisions in one week, according to a July 14 Facebook post. Delaware State Police announced two other collisions involving mopeds or scooters the week of July 12 – one in Rehoboth Beach and another in Fenwick Island.

Tyler Hudson, owner of Dewey Beach Surf Shop, with his 9-year-old son Theodore Hudson. Tyler was seriously injured when a drunken driver hit his moped in Rehoboth Beach.

Delaware State Police later charged the driver in Hudson’s moped crash with vehicular assault and third offense DUI. The driver was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $5,050 cash bond.

Police said Hudson was not wearing a helmet while riding the moped and was airlifted to Christiana Hospital in critical condition.

‘He has got this’

Now the 34-year-old surfer is recovering from several injuries, including a broken arm and leg. His breathing tube was recently removed, but he is not fully communicating yet, said Lauren Kelley, the manager of Dewey Beach Surf Shop and a close friend of Hudson. 

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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