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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal ATV Accident- Lewes


Date Posted: Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Lewes- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal ATV crash that occurred Tuesday evening.

On April 6, 2021, at approximately 6:47 p.m., a John Deere Gator ATV was traveling northbound on a private asphalt driveway located off of Robinsonville Road. The operator attempted to negotiate a left curve at a high rate of speed, at which time the ATV began skidding and exited the east edge of the driveway. As it slid off the roadway, it began to overturn, striking a tree and coming to rest on its roof.

The John Deere Gator is a side-by-side ATV, equipped with two passenger seats with seatbelts and a rear utility bed. At this time, the seating positions of the five occupants riding on the ATV are unknown due to the investigation still active and ongoing. All occupants were ejected from the ATV as it overturned.

A 16-year-old female of Delaware was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

A 16-year-old female of Delaware was transported by helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries.

A 15-year-old female of Delaware was transported by helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries.

A 16-year-old female of Delaware was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

A 17-year-old female of Delaware was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Cpl/1 Andrew Mitchell by calling 302-644-5020. 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. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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