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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision- Laurel


Date Posted: Friday, November 26th, 2021

Laurel- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred this afternoon on Sycamore Road at the intersection to Beaver Dam Branch Road.

On Friday, November 26, 2021, at approximately 2:35 p.m., a 2017 Subaru WRX operated by a 17-year-old male of Frankford, DE, was traveling westbound on Sycamore Road at a high rate of speed. At this time, a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck operated by an 18-year-old male of Salisbury, MD, was traveling westbound on Sycamore Road in front of the Subaru. The Ford slowed down at the intersection to make a left turn onto Beaver Dam Branch Road. As the Ford initiated the left turn, the Subaru was unable to stop. In attempt to avoid striking the Ford, the Subaru began to pass it on the left. The Subaru was unable to avoid the collision and it’s front right struck the front left of the Ford. The collision pushed the Ford in a northwest direction, where it came to rest in the westbound lane of Sycamore Road. The impact caused the Subaru to exit the roadway while rotating in a counterclockwise direction. The Subaru continued traveling out of control in a westerly direction until it struck a guide wire. This collision caused the Subaru to go airborne and subsequently its passenger side struck a utility pole.

The collision with the utility pole caused the 17-year-old male front seat passenger of the Subaru to be ejected. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

The 17-year-old operator of the Subaru was transposed to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The 18-year-old operator of the Ford was not injured.

Sycamore Road at Beaver Dam Branch Road remains closed while a utility pole is replaced.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Senior Corporal Albert with the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit 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 .

*Traffic Advisory* State Troopers Investigating Serious Crash – Laurel

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