The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving a single vehicle that occurred earlier this morning in the town limits of Milford, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.
Jaffe said the incident occurred on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a 2016 Kia Forte was traveling eastbound on Shawnee Road (SR 36) approaching the intersection of DuPont Boulevard (US 113). While traveling eastbound, the operator of the Kia failed to maintain his lane and exited the roadway, said Jaffe. Shortly after exiting the roadway, the Kia re-entered Shawnee Road and continued traveling eastbound for a distance before exiting the roadway a second time where its front end collided with a utility pole.
The operator and sole occupant of the Kia, a 54-year-old man from Greenwood, was not wearing his seatbelt. He was transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. His name is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.
Shawnee Road was closed between Calhoun Road and DuPont Boulevard for approximately 4 hours during the investigation and replacement of the utility pole.
The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.