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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash- Delaware City


Date Posted: Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Delaware City- The Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles that occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m., on June 16, 2020, on River Road (RT 9) at Hamburg Road.

A 2020 Jeep Compass operated by an 85-year-old female from New Castle, was traveling eastbound on Hamburg Road, approaching River Road (Rt. 9). A 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 operated by a 42-year-old female from Delaware City was traveling southbound on Rt. 9, approaching Hamburg Road. The Jeep Compass had stopped at the posted stop sign but then attempted to turn left towards northbound Rt.9 entering into the path of the Dodge Ram resulting in the front center of the Dodge Ram striking the left front side of the Jeep Compass. As a result of the collision, the Jeep Compass spun in a clockwise direction, coming to rest south of the initial impact. The Dodge Ram was redirected after the collision and traveled off the east edge of the roadway, coming to rest on the east side of the road.

Both operators were properly restrained and transported to a nearby hospital after the collision. The operator of the Jeep sustained injuries she was unable to recover from and died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The operator of the Dodge was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

As a result of the crash, RT 9 at Hamburg Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Heather Pepper

Released: 061820 0100

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