Sergeant Paul Shavack


DSP News Release:  Troopers Investigate Frederica Fatal Crash


Location: US Rt. 113 (Bay Road) northbound south of Milford Neck Road, Frederica, DE


Date and Time of Occurrence:  Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 2:15 a.m.


Operator and Vehicle:


  • Phillippa M. Vann, 21, Milford, DE
  • 1996 Buick Regal




  • Erik S. Nelson, 27, Magnolia, DE



Frederica, DE- The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred early this morning.


The incident occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. this morning as Phillippa M. Vann, 21, was operating a 1996 Buick Regal and was traveling in the left hand lane of northbound US Rt. 113 south of Milford Neck Road, in Frederica. Vann lost control of the Regal on the icy roadway and slid in a northeast direction while rotating clockwise. The vehicle crossed the right hand lane and shoulder of the roadway before exiting the road where it then struck a mailbox and a tree with its passenger side before coming to rest.


Phillippa Vann, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The front seat passenger of his vehicle, Erik S. Nelson, 27, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.


US Rt. 113 was closed for a period of time as the crash was investigated and cleared. Alcohol consumption is being considered as a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.


Released Thursday, January 05, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Last Updated: Thursday, 02-Feb-2012 16:02:03 EST
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