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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision- Dagsboro

Date Posted: Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Dagsboro- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Friday night on southbound Dagsboro Road south of Thorogoods Road.

On May 28, 2021, at approximately 10:09 p.m., a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, was traveling southbound on Dagsboro Road south of Thorogoods Road. A 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup, was traveling southbound on Dagsboro Road a short distance in front of the Santa Fe at a slower rate of speed. For reasons unknown, the front of the Santa Fe struck the rear of the Dakota.  As a result of the impact, the Dakota rotated counterclockwise while traveling in a southeasterly direction where it exited the roadway before overturning onto its passenger side. Following the impact, the Santa Fe traveled in a southeasterly direction and exited the roadway, while rotating counterclockwise, where its passenger side impacted a tree.

The operator of the Santa Fe, a 62-year-old male from Lebanon, PA, was transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

The operator of the Dakota was not injured.

The roadway was closed down for approximately 3.5 hours as the collision was investigated and roadway cleared.

Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Sergeant DeMalto with the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302- 703-3269. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at .

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