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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash Investigated West of Seaford


Date Posted: Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Woodpecker and Woodland Ferry Rd

Seaford – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred late yesterday afternoon west of Seaford.

The incident occurred around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday August 17, 2021, as Norman A. Miller, 80 of Seaford was operating a 1996 GMC Sierra southbound on Woodpecker Road approaching a gradual left curve in the roadway approximately one tenth of mile north of Woodland Ferry Road. As the truck began negotiating the curve, it encountered a section of roadway with standing water and began to hydroplane. The GMC pickup began to slide in a sideway manner before exiting the east side of the roadway, sliding across an asphalt private driveway and then across a grass surface until it struck a standing tree with the right side.

Norman Miller, who was not properly restrained, was pronounced deceased on scene.

Woodpecker Road between Woodland Ferry Road and Old Carriage Road was closed for approximately four hours while the collision was investigated and cleared. Approximately two hours prior to the collision DelDOT responded to this location and posted “Water on Road” warning signs for both directions, prior to the area of standing water. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Corporal/1 R. Albert by calling 302-703-3266 . 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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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Released: 081821 0930

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