Troopers Identify Man Killed In River Road Head-On Collision

Delaware State Police have identified the individual who died in a crash on December 07, 2020, on River Road (Route 9) south of Malcolm Forest Road, New Castle, as 63-year-old Joseph Grosso of Delaware City.

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New Castle– Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 5:58 p.m., Monday, December 07, 2020, on River Road (Route 9) south of Malcolm Forest Road.

The initial investigation has determined a 2013 Nissan Frontier, operated by a 63-year-old male from Delaware City, DE, was traveling southbound River Road approaching the intersection with Malcolm Forest Road. At the same time a 2007 Jeep Liberty, operated by a 33-year-old female from Delaware City, was traveling northbound River Road at the same location. For reasons unknown, the vehicles collided head-on near the center of the roadway.

The operator of the Nissan who was not wearing a seatbelt was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. His name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.

The operator of the Jeep who was properly restrained was transported to Christiana Hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Impairment on either operator does not appear to be a factor, officials said. The investigation is on-going and there are no charges filed at this time.

River Road (Rt. 9) between Saienni Boulevard and Federal School Lane was closed for approximately 3 hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.