NEW CASTLE – Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Friday afternoon near William Penn High School.
Spokesperson Sr. Cpl. Jason Hatchell, at approximately 12:15 p.m., was driving a 2017 Subaru BRZ traveling south on East Basin Road at a high speed. The vehicle left the road south of Stockton Drive and onto a grass field, where it began to slide sideways as it entered the northbound lane of Route 141.
The front of the Subaru struck the left rear tire of a 2016 Ford F-150 traveling north on Route 141.
Following the collision, a 2022 Hyundai Sonata traveling north crossed the Subaru with its passenger side facing north.
A 36-year-old male from Newark who was operating the Subaru was pronounced dead at the scene. Delaware State Police said the man was properly restrained and that excessive speed appears to be a factor at this time.
The loss is pending a toxicology analysis by the Forensic Science Department.
The 60-year-old male driver of the BMW was also appropriately restrained and taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The 47-year-old male operator of the Ford and the 38-year-old male operator of the Hyundai, both of whom were wearing their seatbelts, were not injured in the crash.
Route 141 was closed between Stockton Drive and Frenchtown Road for approximately 3 hours while the accident was investigated and the road was cleared.
The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate the incident. Troopers are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call 302-365-8486 and Master Corporal J.J. Asking to contact Breen. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the Internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.