Troopers Update Car Crash Into Becks Pond

The incident occurred at approximately 7:49 a.m., Sunday, September 2, 2018, on Salem Church Road, in the area of Becks Pond, Newark, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said a 2009 Nissan Sentra operated by a 28-year-old Newark woman was proceeding Salem Church Road, southbound, south of Spruce Drive, when she failed to negotiate a curve on the wet roadway, resulting in her traveling off the right side of the road.

After leaving the roadway the vehicle continued to travel in a southwest direction, through a yard and fence of a private residence before coming to rest, submerged in Becks Pond.

A witness, who did not want to give her name, was sitting in the park across the water from the crash when she heard a loud thump. Shortly after the noise, she described the car as going airborne before it crashed into the water.
“I ran to the fence yelled at two men in a canoe to save them.”, said the witness.

The driver and a rear seat passenger were able to exit the vehicle under their own power. The driver sustained a minor injury to her hand while exiting the vehicle, the passenger was uninjured.

The driver was ticketed for Failure to Drive at a Speed Appropriate for Conditions.

Members of the Delaware State Police SCUBA team responded to the scene to assist with the recovery of the vehicle.



Correction: An earlier version of this report indicated that three people were in the vehilce. Witnesses at the scene indicate