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Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

**Traffic Advisory** Troopers Investigating Serious Crash – Bear – Update

Date Posted: Monday, November 14th, 2016

Bear- Delaware State Police continue to investigate a serious motor vehicle crash in which six people were injured that occurred last night in Bear.

The investigation has determined that the crash happened at approximately 8:12 p.m. last night, Sunday, November 13, 2016, as Roy Brown, 54, of Wilmington, was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, and was traveling in an eastbound direction on US Rt. 40 (Pulaski Highway) approaching the intersection of Buckley Boulevard, Bear. Brown was operating the Tahoe at a high rate of speed after fleeing the scene of a two vehicle hit and run crash that had just occurred on southbound SR1 approaching US Rt. 40. As Brown entered the intersection, the front of his vehicle struck the right side of a 2005 Jeep Liberty, which was in the process of making a left hand turn from westbound US Rt. 40 onto Buckley Boulevard, and which was being operated by Mary Kate McGarrity, 19, of Wilmington.

Roy Brown, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was trapped in his vehicle for a period of time until he could be extricated by responding emergency services personnel. He was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics and then flown by Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 4) to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted for his serious injuries.  Alcohol use on the part of Roy Brown is being considered as a factor in this crash.

Mary Kate McGarrity, who also was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. She was then transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where she was treated for her non-life threatening injuries.

A 20-year-old female passenger in McGarrity’s vehicle was ejected from the car. She was treated at the scene before being transported to the Christiana Hospital where she was admitted with serious injuries.

Three 21-year-old male passengers in McGarrity’s vehicle were also transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital. Two were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The third has been admitted in critical condition.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Corporal Matthew Calio at 302-365-8505. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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Released: 111416 1850


**Original Releases**

Bear – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a serious crash involving two vehicles on Pulaski Highway (SR40) at Buckley Boulevard that occurred around 8:12 p.m. this evening.  At this time it is unknown how many people are injured and the extent of their injuries.

SR40 eastbound and westbound are currently closed at Buckley Boulevard.  Commuters are advised to seek alternate routes of travel.

Further details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation. 

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