Teen Passenger Killed In Tragic Accident Near Laurel Friday

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Friday afternoon on Sycamore Road at the intersection of Beaver Dam Branch Road, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said on at approximately 2:35 p.m., a 2017 Subaru WRX operated by a 17-year-old male of Frankford, was traveling westbound on Sycamore Road in Laural at a high rate of speed. At this time, a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck operated by an 18-year-old male of Salisbury, was traveling westbound on Sycamore Road in front of the Subaru.

The Ford slowed down at the intersection to make a left turn onto Beaver Dam Branch Road. As the Ford initiated the left turn, the Subaru was unable to stop. In an attempt to avoid striking the Ford, the Subaru began to pass it on the left. The Subaru was unable to avoid the collision and its front right struck the front left of the Ford, said Hatchell. The collision pushed the Ford in a northwest direction, where it came to rest in the westbound lane of Sycamore Road. The impact caused the Subaru to exit the roadway while rotating in a counterclockwise direction. The Subaru continued traveling out of control in a westerly direction until it struck a guy wire. This collision caused the Subaru to go airborne and subsequently its passenger side struck a utility pole.

The collision with the utility pole caused the 17-year-old male front seat passenger of the Subaru to be ejected. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

The 17-year-old operator of the Subaru was transposed to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The 18-year-old operator of the Ford was not injured.

Sycamore Road at Beaver Dam Branch Road remains closed while a utility pole is replaced.

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