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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley

Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash-Clayton

Date Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2020

Clayton– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash that has turned fatal.

The crash occurred on March 10, 2020 at approximately 3:54 p.m., when a 2000 GMC Sierra was traveling northbound on Longridge Road south of Jordan Drive, Clayton. A 2011 Mazda 6 was traveling southbound on Longridge Road north of Jordan Drive. The operator of the GMC proceeded to make a left turn onto Jordan Drive and entered the southbound lane of Longridge Road into the path of the Mazda, striking same.

The operator of the GMC, 84-year-old Richard H. Atkinson of Townsend, DE was transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital.  On March 13, 2020, Atkinson succumbed to his injuries.

The operator of the Mazda, a 29-year-old female from Dover, DE was transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where she was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed for approximately 1 hour while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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