Man Injured In May 5th Crash In Lewes Succumbs In Hospital

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Thursday afternoon in the Lewes area, according to Public Information Officer, Sergeant India Sturgis.

Sturgis said on May 5, 2022, at approximately 1:46 p.m., a 2012 Chevrolet Captiva operated by a 74-year-old Millsboro man was traveling eastbound on Lewes-Georgetown Highway (US 9), approaching three vehicles that were slowing down for traffic ahead. Directly in front of the Captiva was a 2014 Subaru Forester operated by a 66-year-old Lewes man. The Subaru slowed down for traffic on Lewes-Georgetown Highway. For unknown reasons, the Captiva did not slow down for traffic, and its front bumper struck the rear of the Forester said Sturgis. The impact of that collision then pushed the front of the Forester into the rear bumper of a 2011 GMC Sierra, driven by a 54-year-old Georgetown man that was traveling directly in front of the Forester. This collision then caused the front bumper of the Sierra to strike the rear bumper of a 2012 Ford F-150, driven by a 40-year-old Magnolia man that was traveling directly in front of the Sierra. All vehicles came to rest in the middle of the eastbound lane of travel and along the eastbound shoulder of Lewes-Georgetown Highway.

All occupants of the vehicles were properly restrained. The driver and passenger of the GMC Sierra sustained minor injuries but were not transported to the hospital. The driver of the Captiva was transported to an area hospital for life-threatening injuries. He later passed away on May 7, 2022. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next-of-kin.

The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to please contact Master Corporal K. Argo by calling 302-703-3264.