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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
Camden-Wyoming- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is conducting a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred early Saturday evening.
At approximately 7:53 p.m. on Saturday June 12, 2021, a 74-year-old Camden-Wyoming man was mowing the ditch in front of his residence located in the 4000 block of Westville Road. The man was mowing approximately six feet north of the roadway when a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by a 59-year-old female from Camden, was traveling westbound on Westville Road. For unknown reasons, the Santa Fe drove off the north side of the roadway and entered the grassy shoulder and swale, striking a small culvert pipe, before crossing the victim’s private driveway. The Camden-Wyoming man, who was standing/walking behind his push lawnmower, was then struck by the Santa Fe and thrown in a westerly direction. The Santa Fe also continued in a westerly direction and overturned, pinning the 74-year-old man underneath.
The 74-year-old male was transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The 59-year-old female was properly restrained and was treated on scene by EMS for minor inquires and released.
Westville Road, between Tower Road and Sandy Bend Road, was closed for approximately three and a half hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.
The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit. No charges have been filed at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Sgt. J. Wheatley by calling 302-698-8518. 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.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier
Released: 061321 0900