Troopers Id Carjacking Suspect, Couple Killed Near Delaware Park

Newark – The Delaware State Police have identified John W. Simon Jr. 77, and Irma Simon 92, both of Mantua N.J., as the victims who were killed in a crash that occurred at approximately 4:53 p.m., Saturday, December 23, 2017, on Delaware Park Boulevard, west of Ogletown-Stanton Road (DE Rt. 4), Newark, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said John W. Simon Jr. was the operator, and Irma Simon the front seat passenger of a Mercury Grand Marquis that was struck head on by a stolen Nissan Altima, driven by Stephen R. Goodman 33, of Wilmington.

As a result of the crash Goodman has been charged with 2 counts of Vehicular Homicide 2nd Degree, and one count each of Receiving Stolen Property, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Driving at an Unreasonable Speed, and Driving While Suspended.

Goodman was arraigned by the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas on Sunday, December 24, 2017, and remanded to the custody of the Delaware Department of Corrections on $71,100 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Aube of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8483. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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Newark – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate a motor vehicle crash that has claimed the lives of two New Jersey residents, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 4:53 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2017, on Delaware Park Boulevard, west of Ogletown-Stanton Road (DE Rt. 4), Newark.

A 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis, operated by a 77-year-old Mantua, N.J. man was traveling on Delaware Park Boulevard, west of Ogletown-Stanton Road, as he was exiting the Delaware Park Casino property. Also occupying the Mercury, as a front seat passenger, was a 92-year-old woman, also of Mantua.

A 2015 Nissan Altima, operated by Stephen R. Goodman, 33, of Wilmington, was entering the Delaware Park Casino property, on Delaware Park Boulevard, west of Ogletown-Stanton Road, at a high rate of speed, according to Austin. The Nissan was passing several vehicles on Delaware Park Boulevard after crossing the double yellow center line, and traveled directly into the path of the Mercury, at which time the vehicles collided head on, said Austin.

The operator of the Mercury was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS. The front seat passenger in the Mercury was transported to the Christiana Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. Goodman was transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted with serious injuries.

The investigation revealed that Goodman was wanted by the Wilmington Police Department, for stealing the Nissan during the course of a carjacking, which occurred earlier this in the day, according to Austin.

As a result of the initial crash investigation warrants were obtained charging Goodman with 2 counts of Vehicular Homicide 2nd Degree, and one count each of Receiving Stolen Property, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Driving at an Unreasonable Speed, and Driving While Suspended. The execution of these warrants along with the pre-existing Carjacking 2nd warrant will be accomplished when Goodman’s medical condition allows.

Identification of both victims is pending the notification of next of kin.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sgt. D. Alexander of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8484.

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