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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley

Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash Near Bethany Beach

Date Posted: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred near Bethany Beach on Friday night.

On April 19, 2024, at approximately 6:58 p.m., a Ford F-350 pick-up truck, pulling a trailer, was driving southbound in the right lane on Coastal Highway south of Dune Road. At the same time a Jaguar F-type was driving southbound on Coastal Highway, behind the F-350. For reasons under investigation, the driver of the Jaguar lost control causing him to hit the trailer being pulled by the F-350. As a result, the trailer disconnected from the F-350 and overturned.

The driver of the F-350, a 61-year-old man, and passenger, a 59-year-old woman, both of Drums, Pennsylvania were not hurt. The driver of the Jaguar, an 87-year-old-man from Rehoboth Beach was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. On April 21, 2024, he died from injuries sustained in the crash. His name is being withheld until his family is notified.

The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this crash or might have more information to contact Senior Corporal R. Albert by calling (302) 703-3266. 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.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime, or you have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need 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 at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at

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