17-Year-Old Killed In Head-On Collison New Years Day

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Saturday morning on Lewes-Georgetown Highway (Route 9) west of Hudson Road, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said on Saturday, January 1, 2021, at approximately 7:55 a.m., a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic operated a 17-year-old male of Georgetown was traveling westbound on Lewes-Georgetown Highway (Route 9), just west of the intersection at Hudson Road. At this time, a 2018 Kia Optima sedan operated by a 30-year-old male of Lewes was traveling eastbound in the same vicinity.

For unknown reasons, the Chevrolet crossed over the continuous left-turn lane and into the eastbound lane, directly into the path of the Kia, resulting in a head-on collision in the middle of the eastbound lane said Hatchell. After impact, the Chevrolet came to rest in the continuous left-turn lane, facing west. The Kia rotated violently clockwise and slid off the roadway, coming to rest on the roadside.

The 17-year-old operator of the Chevrolet who was properly restrained was pronounced deceased at Beebe Medical Center. Identification of the victim is pending notification to next of kin.

The 30-year-old operator of the Kia who was also properly restrained was transported to Beebe Medical Center with serious injuries.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours while the investigation was completed and the roadway was cleared.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Cpl/2 Ryan Albert with the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-703-3266.

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