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Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Troopers Investigate Serious Motor Vehicle Crash-Newark

Date Posted: Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Newark, DE – The Delaware State Police is currently investigating a serious crash that occurred south of Newark yesterday afternoon.

The preliminary investigation revealed the incident occurred around 2:04 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 as Austin R. Ricketts, 19 of Pennsylvania, was operating a 2000 Toyota Camry southbound in the right lane on South College Avenue (SR 896) approaching Old Baltimore Pike. Betty E. Favazza, 74 of Hockessin, was operating a 2000 Toyota Corolla as she was stopped on the inside left turn lane of eastbound Old Baltimore Pike at SR 896. The Corolla failed to remain stopped for a red light and entered the intersection as the Camry entered the intersection. The Camry swerved to the left to avoid the collision however its front ride side struck the Corolla’s front left side. The force of the impact pushed the Corolla backwards and caused it rotate 360 degrees in clockwise direction eventually coming to a controlled stop in front of the eastbound lane of Old Baltimore Pike. The Camry lost control and traveled into the northbound left lane of SR896 where it was able to come to a controlled stop.

Betty E. Favazza, 74 of Hockessin, was wearing a seatbelt. She was treated by the New Castle County Paramedics for multiple traumatic injuries and was airlifted by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit to the Christiana Hospital Medical Center.  Beth E. Gorin-Adams, 55 of Newark, was a passenger in the Corolla and wore her seatbelt. She was also treated by the paramedics and transported by EMS with serious injuries to the Christiana Hospital Medical Center. Betty E. Favazza was cited for failure to stop at a red light.

Austin R. Rickets, 19 of Pennsylvania, was wearing a seatbelt and was treated by the New Castle County Paramedics. He was transported by EMS to the Christiana Hospital Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Old Baltimore Pike and Glasgow Bypass SR 896 in the area of the crash was closed approximately one hour as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Released: 082816 1351



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