PRESS RELEASE

Sergeant Paul Shavack
Email: Paul.Shavack@state.de.us


UPDATE, GEORGETOWN WOMAN DIES AFTER FATAL CRASH


***UPDATE***

 

DSP News Release:  Georgetown Woman Dies after Fatal Crash

 

Location: US Rt. 9 (Lewes-Georgetown Highway) 1 mile west of Prettyman Road, west of Harbeson, DE

 

Date and Time of Occurrence:  Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:51 p.m.

 

Operators and Vehicles:

 

  • Operator #1: Corey A. Ortwein, 20, Lewes, DE
  • Vehicle #1: 2008 Pontiac G-5

 

  • Operator #2: 49 year old Georgetown, DE female
  • Vehicle #2: 1995 Honda Accord

 

Other Injured:

 

  • Kara B. Leonardo, 44, Georgetown (passenger in vehicle #1)

 

Resume:   

Harbeson- The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred last night west of Harbeson.

 

The incident happened at approximately 7:51 p.m. on Saturday as Corey A. Ortwein, 20, of Lewes, DE was operating a 2008 Pontiac and was traveling eastbound on US Rt. 9 approximately one mile west of Prettyman Road. For an unknown reason Ortwein’s vehicle drifted into the westbound lane of Rt. 9 and narrowly missed striking a westbound vehicle which swerved to avoid a collision.  However, Ortwein continued traveling eastbound in the westbound lane where his vehicle then struck the front of a 1995 Honda Accord which was being operated by a 49 year old Georgetown, DE female.

 

The female operator of the Honda, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Her name is being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin.

 

Corey Ortwein, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Beebe Memorial Hospital. He was subsequently transported to the Christiana Hospital where he is being treated for serious non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in his vehicle, Kara B. Leonardo, was also removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Beebe Memorial Hospital. She was then also transported and admitted to the Christiana Hospital with serious injuries. Leonardo was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 

US Rt. 9 between Prettyman Road and Gravel Hill Road was closed as the crash was investigated and cleared. It has since been re-opened.

 

The investigation by the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing at this time. Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash to contact Corporal Jay Burns at Troop 7 at 302-644-5020 ext. 112. Citizens may also provide information by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).  Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

 

Released Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:25 a.m.

 

 

***UPDATE***

 

Resume:

Georgetown- The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is now investigating the serious motor vehicle crash which occurred on SR 9 in Georgetown at approximately 7:50 p.m. tonight. Investigators have advised that a female subject has died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the crash while two other subject have been transported to the Beebe Memorial Hospital where they are being treated for serious injuries.

 

SR 9 remains closed in the area.

 

The investigation is on going at this time. Further details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

 

Released: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 9:45 p.m.

 

 

 

DSP News Release:  Troopers at Scene of Serious Motor Vehicle Crash

 

Location: SR 9 between Gravel Hill Road and Prettyman Road, Georgetown, DE

 

Date and Time of Occurrence:  Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:50 p.m.

 

Resume:   

Georgetown- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred on SR 9 in Georgetown at approximately 7:50 p.m. this evening.

 

Initial information is that two vehicles were involved in the crash and at least three subjects have been injured.

 

As a result of the crash SR 9 between Gravel Hill Road and Prettyman Road has been closed.

 

The investigation into this crash is in its early stages. More information will be released at a later time.

 

 

 

Released Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8:20 p.m.

 
Last Updated: Thursday, 01-Mar-2012 16:00:07 EST
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