Dover Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide, 5th DUI In Death Of Passanger

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal single motor vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night in the Dover area, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said on May 25, 2022, at approximately 6:50 p.m., a 2000 Maroon GMC Jimmy was traveling southbound on Judith Road south of Dinahs Corner Road. The operator failed to negotiate a moderate left curve in the roadway and exited the western edge of Judith Road according to Hatchell. The GMC then overturned onto its passenger side and continued to roll over until striking a large utility pole. The GMC came to rest on its roof just west of the utility pole.

The front-seat passenger, a 64-year-old Dover man, was not properly restrained and sustained serious injuries during the collision. The passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

The operator, Aaron Stevens, 61, of Dover, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A preliminary state police investigation suggests alcohol was involved said Hatchell. After being released from the hospital, Stevens was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with the following crimes:

Vehicular Homicide 2nd Degree (Felony)
5th Offense Driving Under the Influence (Felony)
Failure to Remain Within a Single Lane
Failure to Have Insurance Card in Possession.

Stevens was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #7 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $16,150 cash bond.

The roadway was closed for approximately 4 hours while the collision was being investigated, and the roadway cleared.

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