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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
Milford, DE- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Thursday afternoon on Coastal Highway.
On September 16, 2021, at approximately 4:23 p.m., a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling southbound on Coastal Highway within the median crossover directly across from Lady Slipper Lane. The 84-year-old male operator intended to cross over the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway and enter Lady Slipper Lane. As the Equinox prepared to cross over the highway, a 2017 Dodge Durango, operated by a 30-year-old Dover woman, was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway, approaching the crossover in the right travel lane. As the Durango was approaching, the Equinox began crossing the northbound lanes, directly into the path of the Durango. As a result, the front of the Durango struck the right side of the Equinox. As a result of the impact, the Equinox overturned, exited the east side of Coastal Highway, and came to rest with the Passenger side resting against a hedgerow. The Durango came to rest on the shoulder of Coastal Highway.
The 84-year-old Milford man operating the Equinox suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.
The 30-year-old Dover woman operating the Durango sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Northbound Coastal Highway was closed for approximately three hours as the accident was investigated and the roadway cleared.
This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision should contact Master Corporal Kenneth Argo by calling 302-644-5020.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper
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