I-95 Crash Splits Car In Half, Kills Driver


Newark – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred early this morning east of Newark, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred at approximately 2:09 a.m. on Saturday, January 06, 2018, as Jalen G. Worthen, 24 of Wilmington, was operating a 2000 Nissan Maxima traveling northbound on JFK Memorial Highway (I-95) just south of Salem Church Road.

The roadway (I-95) was dry and free of any snow from the recent snow event.  As the vehicle continued on a slight curve portion of I-95, it failed to negotiate the curve and continued straight onto the shoulder. The Nissan Maxima then exited the roadway and began traveling on the snow covered grass in a northeast direction striking trees. The impact into the second tree resulted in the vehicle splitting in half.

Jalen G. Worthen, who was properly restrained, was pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in this collision. At the time of this initial investigation, alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the crash. I95 northbound traffic was not impacted and the right lane in the area of the collision was closed for approximately three hours.

Breaking Report

Newark – Just after 2:30 this morning, Saturday January 6, 2017 rescue crews from Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder, along with crews from the Christina Fire Company, New Castle County Paramedics and Delaware State Police responded to I-95 NB just south of the service center for reports a vehicle accident with entrapment.

Reports from the scene indicate that upon arrival a Delaware State Trooper found one vehicle off the roadway, with one patient trapped. Arriving New Castle County Paramedics reported that the patient was badly injured and may have succumbed to their injuries.

No further information is available at this time.


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