Troopers ID Woman Killed In Pike Creek Crash Yesterday

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Pike Creek – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has identified the 74-year-old woman who was killed in the two vehicle crash on DE Rt. 7 at New Linden Hill Road yesterday morning, September 26, 2017, as Kathleen P. Yearick.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

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Pike Creek – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash which has claimed the life of a 74-year-old Wilmington woman, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey Hale.

Hale said the investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred this morning, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at approximately 3:22 a.m., as a 74-year-old Wilmington woman was operating a 2002 Toyota Corolla and was traveling in an eastbound direction on New Linden Hill Road, entering the intersection with DE Rt. 7 (Limestone Road). As the Corolla entered into the southbound lanes of Rt. 7, its left side was struck by the right front of a 1995 Freightliner tractor-trailer which was being operated by a 58-year-old Pennsylvania man, and which was traveling in the right hand lane of southbound DE Rt. 7. After the impact, both vehicles traveled in a southerly direction with the Toyota coming to rest on the southbound shoulder and right hand lane, just south of the intersection. The tractor-trailer traveled for a short distance over a concrete median before returning to the southbound lanes where it then overturned, spilling its load of chicken feed.

The 74-year-old operator of the Toyota, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was declared dead at the scene. Her name is being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin. It is unknown if impairment on the part of the victim was a factor in the crash, said Hale.

The male operator of the tractor-trailer, who was also properly restrained at the time of the crash, was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. He was then transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was treated for his non-life threatening injuries. Impairment on the part of the tractor-trailer driver is not being considered as a factor in the crash.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. It is not known at this time which vehicle had the right of way at the intersection, and investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Master Corporal Joseph Aube at 302-365-8483. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

The southbound lanes of DE Rt. 7 were closed for approximately 6 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Original Story

Pike Creek – Delaware State Police are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred this morning, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey Hale.

Hale said the initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 3:22 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, on southbound DE Rt. 7 (Limestone Road) at New Linden Hill Road, and involves a passenger car and a dump truck carrying a load of chicken feed which has overturned. As a result of the crash, one subject has been declared dead at the scene and a second subject has been transported to the Christiana Hospital with unknown injuries.

The intersection of DE Rt. 7 at New Linden Hill Road has been closed to traffic at this time and commuters should find alternate routes of travel.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is enroute to the scene and will assume the investigation. More details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

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