Delaware State Police Investigate Fatal Double Crash – Bear – Delaware State Police
Bear- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that claimed the lives of a Newark mother and son last night.
The collision occurred on February 17, 2022 at approximately 8:27 p.m., while a 2016 Kia Sorento was traveling southbound on Holly Avenue on the approach to the Pulaski Freeway (Highway 40). The Kia crossed the westbound lanes of Highway 40 and entered the crossover immediately west of Holly Avenue. The Kia then began crossing the eastbound lanes of Route 40. At the same time, a 2021 Dodge Charger was traveling eastbound on Route 40 in the right lane of traffic.
The Kia entered the Dodge’s path, causing the front of the Dodges to strike the passenger side of the Kia in the right lane of Highway 40 eastbound. As a result, the Kia completely split in two, with the rear part moving from the southern edge. of the roadway and in the grassy area just east of Shorewinds Road. Sitting in the left rear seat was a 7-year-old boy who was thrown from the car. Unfortunately, the child suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her 9-year-old sister was sitting in the right rear seat and was also ejected. The 9-year-old was taken to Christiana Hospital in critical condition. The front end of the Kia was thrown over the right shoulder east of Shorewinds Road. The 31-year-old woman was the driver of the Kia and the mother of the children. She was properly restrained, transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital and sadly died of her injuries. The family resides in Newark, DE. The identification of the two victims is pending notification to the next of kin.
The Dodge continued southeast and eventually came to rest on the south edge of the eastbound Highway 40 carriageway. Prior to the collision, the Dodge was observed to be traveling at an apparently high speed.
The 18-year-old Dodge operator from Landsdowne, Pennsylvania was taken to Christiana Hospital and is in stable condition. Speed appears to be a factor in the collision, a deficiency on his part is not suspected at this time.
Route 40 in both directions between Fir Avenue and Buckley Boulevard was closed for approximately 3 hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.
This accident remains an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Det. Breen from the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486. Information may also be provided by messaging the Delaware State Police on Facebook Messenger or by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the Internet at http://www.delaware .crimestoppers.com
If you or someone you know is a victim or witness to a crime or has lost a loved one to sudden death and needs help, the Police Victim Services Unit The State of Delaware/Delaware Victim Center is available to provide support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free 1800 VICTIM-1 hotline. (1800 842-8461). You can also email the Unit Director at [email protected]
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