Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
The Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred last night in Bridgeville that left one man dead and two others injured.
On June 23, 2023, at approximately 11:53 p.m., a gray 2021 Jeep Wrangler was traveling westbound on Seashore Highway just west of Woodenhawk Road. At the same time, a black 2013 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling eastbound on Seashore Highway approaching Woodenhawk Road, with a light blue 2013 Dodge Avenger following behind. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Jeep crossed the double-yellow center lines, entered the eastbound lane of Seashore Highway, and sideswiped the oncoming Silverado. After striking the Silverado, the Jeep continued westbound in the eastbound lane until it collided with the front of the Avenger, causing the Jeep to overturn and the Avenger to spin on the road.
The driver of the Jeep, a 49-year-old woman from Easton, Maryland, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Neither the driver of the Silverado, a 49-year-old man from Charleroi, Pennsylvania, nor the passenger, a 49-year-old woman from Charleroi, were injured.
The driver of the Avenger, a 20-year-old man from Charleroi and son of the husband and wife in the Silverado, was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead. His name is being withheld until his other family and relatives are notified.
The passenger in the Avenger, a 19-year-old woman from Stockdale, Pennsylvania, was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The roadway was closed for approximately four hours while the scene was investigated and cleared. The reason for the Jeep leaving the westbound lanes remains under investigation.
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 or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.
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