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Delaware State Police Investigate Fatal Two Vehicle Collision- Newark


Date Posted: Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Newark, DE- Delaware State Police are investigating an early morning two-vehicle fatal collision.

On September 12, 2021, at approximately 12:18 a.m., a 2004 Chevrolet Impala operated by a 21-year-old Newark man was traveling northbound on Salem Church Road, approaching Reybold Road. A 2014 GMC Terrain operated by a 21-year-old Newark man was traveling southbound on Salem Church Road from the area of Reybold Road. The GMC crossed the solid double yellow line into the northbound lane attempting to pass another southbound vehicle. The operator of the Chevrolet saw the GMC in front of him, applied the brakes causing the Impala to skid across the center line into the southbound lane of travel. At the same time, the GMC re-entered into the southbound lane of travel resulting in the left front of the Chevrolet to collide with the left front of the GMC. After impact, the Impala came to rest in the middle of the roadway. The Terrain continued traveling in a southwesterly direction, rolled over, and came to rest in a grassy area on the southbound side of the road on the driver side. 

Also occupying the Chevrolet Impala were a 25-year-old Townsend woman and a 4-year-old Newark female. All occupants were transported by ambulance to an area hospital where they were admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The operator of the GMC Terrain sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

Salem Church Road between Deasy Drive and Reybold Road was closed to vehicular traffic while the crash was investigated and cleared from the roadway.

This collision remains an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information or who witnessed this collision should contact Master Corporal John Breen by calling 302-365-8486. 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 a 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@delaware.gov.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper

Released: 091221 1405

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