Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in Milton on Saturday morning.
On July 30, 2022, at approximately 7:04 a.m., a silver 2014 Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound on Milton Ellendale Highway approaching the intersection at Mulberry Street. At the same time, a gray 2016 Chevrolet Colorado was traveling westbound on Milton Ellendale Highway approaching the same intersection. The Colorado began turning left onto southbound Mulberry Street and entered the path of travel of the Corolla. As a result, the front left of the Chevrolet struck the left side of the Toyota in the intersection. This caused both vehicles to rotate counterclockwise, with the Corolla coming to rest in a grassy area off the south edge of the roadway and the Colorado coming to rest in the eastbound lane of Milton Ellendale Highway.
The operator of the Colorado, a 24-year-old male from Lewes, DE, was properly restrained and was not injured during the collision. The driver of the Corolla, a 20-year-old female from Woodbridge, Virginia, was properly restrained. She was transported via ambulance to an area hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin. The front-right passenger of the Toyota, a 28-year-old male from Hyattsville, Maryland, was properly restrained and was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The rear-left passenger of the Corolla, a 19-year-old female from Woodbridge, Virginia, was properly restrained and was airlifted via helicopter to an area hospital in serious but stable condition. The rear-right passenger of the Toyota, a 20-year-old male from Woodbridge, Virginia, was properly restrained and was not injured.
No other vehicles were involved in this incident. The roadway was closed for approximately 3.5 hours while the collision was being investigated and cleared.
The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to please contact Sergeant J. Burns by calling 302-703-3269. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police, by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.
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