Newark – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash which has claimed the life of a 25 year old man that occurred this morning in Newark according to Delaware State Police Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale.
Hale said that the investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred this morning, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at approximately 4:02 a.m., as Maria Campos, 50, of Bear, was operating a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe and was traveling in a westbound direction on Old Baltimore Pike just west of the Salem Church Road and Salem Woods Road intersection.
It was at this time that the Tahoe ran over a 25 year old Newark man who was reported to have been laying in the westbound lane of travel. The male was drug several feet in a westbound direction until the Tahoe came to a controlled stop just west of the scene.
The male victim was declared dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin. Alcohol use on the part of the victim is being considered as a contributing factor in the collision.
Maria Campos was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was not injured.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. Old Baltimore Pike was closed between both the north and south extensions of Salem Church Road for approximately 2.5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
Earlier reports, by a local radio station, indicated that this was a hit-and-run incident. State Police told First State Update that “The crash is still under investigation, however there was no evidence at the scene to suggest that the victim was struck by a vehicle prior to being run over by the Tahoe.”