Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Felton – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash which claimed the life of a Harrington woman yesterday afternoon.
The investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred on Friday, September 15, 2017 at approximately 2:53 p.m., as Jerome Parker, 50, of Milton, DE, was operating a 1986 International dump truck and was traveling in an eastbound direction on Carpenter Bridge Road (SR35) approaching the intersection of Canterbury Road (SR15). Parker failed to stop at the posted stop sign at Canterbury Road and entered the intersection. The front of the dump truck then struck the left side of a 2008 Kia Spectra, which was traveling in a northbound direction on Canterbury Road through the intersection of Carpenter Bridge Road, and which was being operated by Michele Handy, 62, of Harrington. Handy’s vehicle became entangled under the dump truck and was pushed in an easterly direction and into the front of a 2011 Dodge Ram, which was stopped on westbound Carpenter Bridge Road, and which was being operated by a 35-year-old Harrington man. The Kia and the Dodge were both forced off of the north edge of Carpenter Bridge Road and into a small ditch where all three vehicles came to rest.
Michele Handy was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jerome Parker and the operator of the Dodge Ram were both properly restrained at the time of the crash and were not injured. Neither alcohol nor drug use appear to be factors in the crash.
The intersection of Carpenter Bridge Road and Canterbury Road was closed for approximately 4 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale
Released: 091617 0640