Newark – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate a fatal crash that took place late Sunday night, Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.
Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 11:46 p.m., Sunday, August 5, 2018, at the intersection of Glasgow Avenue and Summit Bridge Road (DE 896), Newark. A 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, operated by a 26-year-old Newark man was stopped at a red light in the left turn lane of Glasgow Ave., at the intersection with Summit Bridge Road. A 2005 Honda Civic, operated by Derek R. Turner, 54, of Bear, was traveling westbound on Porter Road., crossing over Summit Bridge Road., to continue eastbound on Glasgow Ave. For an unknown reason, the Honda drifted to the left and struck the Chevrolet head-on, according to Austin.
While en route to the scene rescue crews were alerted that at least one patient was trapped in their vehicle. Crews from Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder, along with New Castle County Paramedics, Delaware State Troopers and Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation) responded to the scene and immediately began extrication efforts.
Just before 1:15 this morning, Aetna Assistant Chief Jeff Sands reported that one of the patients was removed from their vehicle and was transported by ground to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center with serious injuries.
Later at around 7:00 this morning, State Police reported that Derek Turner was transported to the Christiana Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Alcohol is being considered as a contributing factor on his behalf.
The operator of the Chevrolet was transported to Christiana Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Impairment on his behalf is not being considered as a contributing factor, according to Austin.
Glasgow Avenue was closed for approximately 3 hours as the scene was investigated and cleared.