29-Year-Old Man Killed After Hitting Tree

Hartly – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred early this morning, according to Delaware State Police Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

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Fournier said that at around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday December 27, 2016 as Elmer C. Jeronimo-Gonzalez, 29 of Marydel, Maryland, was operating a 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup truck westbound on Halltown Road (SR8) approaching Brittany Lane. For unknown reasons, the truck drove off the north edge of the roadway and struck a tree with its front bumper, said Fournier.

Elmer Jeronimo-Gonzalez, who was not properly restrained, was transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where he died a short time later.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this case, said Fournier.  SR8 between Hartly Road (SR44) and Brittney Lane was closed for approximately two and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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