Delmar Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide After Fatal Crash Thursday

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Thursday night at the intersection of Delmar Road and North Spring Hill Road, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at approximately 6:03 p.m., a 2004 Ford F250 pickup truck, operated by a 22-year-old Delmar, Delaware man, was traveling southbound on Susan Beach Road. The Ford stopped at the intersection of Delmar Road for a posted stop sign, intending on continuing south onto N. Spring Hill Road. At this time, a 1999 Honda Accord operated by a 30-year-old Mardela Springs, Maryland woman was traveling eastbound on Delmar Road approaching the same intersection.

Hatchell said the Ford entered the intersection and pulled directly into the path of the Honda, where the front of the Ford struck the front driver side of the Honda. As a result, the Honda rotated counterclockwise off the southeast corner of the roadway into the grass, where the passenger side impacted a utility pole. Hatchell said the Ford failed to stop at the scene and began traveling eastbound on Delmar Road. An officer from Delmar Police Department located the hit-and-run vehicle on East Pine Street, Delmar, Maryland and initiated a traffic stop. The officer took the operator, identified as Luke Figgs, into custody without incident.

The 30-year-old operator of the Honda who was properly restrained was transported by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury where she succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin. There were also two passengers ages 4 and 29 inside of the Honda who were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

Figgs,  uninjured in the crash, was committed to the Wicomico County Detention Center on DUI and other traffic-related charges in Maryland, according to Hatchell. There is an active warrant in Delaware for Vehicular Homicide (Felony), Vehicular Assault 2nd (Felony) -2 counts, and numerous other traffic related charges. Figgs will be arraigned on the charges upon his extradition back to Delaware.

The roadway was closed for approximately 6 hours while the investigation was completed, and the roadway was cleared.