Troopers Identify Man Killed In Crash On Wednesday

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle that occurred Wednesday afternoon in the Bridgeville area, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Leonard DeMalto.

DeMalto said on April 27, 2022, at approximately 1:52 p.m., a 2022 Freightliner Truck Tractor towing a 2012 Viking Trailer was traveling westbound on Seashore Highway (DE Rt 404) approaching the intersection at Scotts Store Road (DE Rt 36). A 2021 Nissan Altima was stopped at the stop sign on southbound Scotts Store Road at this intersection. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Altima failed to remain stopped as the Freightliner approached the intersection, and pulled into its path while turning left onto Seashore Highway said DeMalto. The Freightliner attempted to brake and swerve to avoid striking the Nissan but was unable to. The front right of the Freightliner struck the left side of the Altima.

The driver and sole occupant of the Freightliner, a 64-year-old Milford man, was properly restrained and was not injured.

The driver of the Nissan Altima, John Joyce, 80, of Alexandria, Virginia, was transported to an area hospital by helicopter in critical condition. Unfortunately, on Thursday, April 28th, 2022, the driver succumbed to his injuries. Identification is pending notification to next-of-kin.

A 77-year-old Alexandria, Virginia woman was properly restrained in the front passenger seat. She was transported to an area hospital and admitted with serious injuries.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3.5 hours while the collision was being investigated and the roadway was cleared.

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