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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Crash- Wilmington

Date Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Wilmington– Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020, on southbound I-495 south of Naamans Road.

The initial investigation has determined a 2004 Lexus SC430, driven by a 66 year-old male from Wilmington, was traveling southbound I-495 in the left lane at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway and struck a bridge support of the overpass for Naamans Road. The vehicle continued to travel out of control and struck a guardrail which caused the vehicle to overturn.

The driver of the Lexus who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. His name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.

I-495 southbound was closed for approximately 3 hours while the investigation was completed and the roadway was cleared.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Det. Forester of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8485.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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