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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley

Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Crash- Middletown

Date Posted: Friday, August 21st, 2020

Middletown– Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 8:09 p.m., Wednesday, August 19, 2020, on Saint Augustine Beach Road south of 6th Street.

The initial investigation has determined a 2014 Kia Sportage, driven by a 59-year-old Townsend man was traveling southbound on Saint Augustine Beach Road from the area of Port Penn. In the area of 1800 Saint Augustine Beach Road, the roadway curves gradually to the right. For unknown reasons, the operator failed to negotiate the curve in the roadway, traveled across the solid double yellow line, and the northbound lane of travel before traveling off the east edge of the road and the front center of the vehicle struck a tree located on the east side of the roadway.

The driver of the Kia was not properly restrained and pronounced deceased at the scene.

Saint Augustine Beach Road was closed for approximately 4 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Cpl. J. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-834-2620.

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

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