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Delaware State Police Investigate Fatal Single Vehicle Collision- Townsend


Date Posted: Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Townsend- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle collision that occurred Monday night in Townsend.

On October 11, 2021, at approximately 8:46 p.m., a 2009 Nissan Versa operated by a 20-year-old Townsend woman traveled westbound on Blackbird Station Road after proceeding through the intersection with Dexter Corner Road.  The Nissan failed to negotiate a curve to the right and traveled across the eastbound lane of travel before leaving the roadway.  The Nissan continued to travel into a heavily wooded area, striking 2 small trees before finally striking a larger tree head-on.

The 20-year-old operator of the Nissan was not wearing a seatbelt and was completely ejected from the vehicle.  She was flown to Christiana Hospital where she was treated and later released with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

A 27-year-old Pennsylvania man occupied the front passenger seat and was not wearing a seatbelt.  The victim was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital, while enroute the victim was pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

There were also three passengers in the rear seat, none of which sustain any injuries in the collision.

Blackbird Station Road west of Dexter Corner Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Master Corporal Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit 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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