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Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash – Wilmington

Date Posted: Friday, April 20th, 2018

Rt 4 at Boxwood Rd


Wilmington (19804) – The Delaware State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash that took place Wednesday evening, which has claimed the life of a New Castle woman.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:34 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the intersection of DE Route 4 and Boxwood Road, Wilmington. A 2000 Dodge Caravan, being driven by a 21 year old Newark woman, was traveling westbound on DE Rt. 4 in the left lane, approaching Boxwood Road, with a solid green light. A 2013 Hyundai Elantra, being driven by Janet Hicks, 78, of New Castle, was traveling DE Rt. 4 eastbound, and proceeded to turn left onto Boxwood Road, directly in to the path of the Dodge, at which time the two vehicles collided. After impact both vehicles came to rest in the northwest corner of the intersection.

The operator of the Dodge, who was properly restrained, was transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hicks, who was also properly restrained, was admitted to the Christiana Hospital in critical condition, however she died as a result of her injuries on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Impairment is not being considered a factor on the behalf of either operator.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8486.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 042018 1940



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