Troopers Identify Driver Killed In Tragic Accident On Kirkwood Highway Friday

Wilmington- Delaware State Police has identified the victim that died in a fatal motor vehicle collision on May 14, 2021, as 87-year-old Helen E. Ogonowski of Newark, Delaware.

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Wilmington- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Friday morning on westbound Kirkwood Highway (SR2) at Delaware Park Boulevard, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on May 14, 2021, at approximately 10:20 a.m., a black BMW was traveling westbound on Kirkwood Highway approaching the intersection of Delaware Park Boulevard. A white Buick was attempting to exit the parking lot of Speedway Gas Station, located at 5801 Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington.

The exit for the gas station is a right turn only onto westbound Kirkwood Highway. For unknown reasons, the 87-year-old Newark woman attempted to travel south across the westbound lanes of Kirkwood Highway and drove into the path of a BMW that was being operated by a 43-year-old New Castle woman. As a result, the front of the BMW collided with the left side of the Buick within the intersection of Kirkwood Highway and Delaware Park Boulevard.

The operator of the Buick was transported to Christiana Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced deceased shortly after her arrival. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

The operator of the BMW was not injured.

The roadway was closed down for approximately 3 hours as the collision was investigated and the roadway cleared.

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