Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on Route 1 in the New Castle area on Saturday night, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.
Hatchell said on May 28, 2022, at approximately 8:00 p.m., a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling northbound on Route 1 north of Christiana Road (Route 273). At this time, a 2011 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Route 1 to the right of the Jeep. The Honda changed lanes moving to the left and struck the right side of the Jeep said Hatchell.
As a result of the collision, the Jeep was redirected into the guardrail in the median. The Jeep broke through the guardrail and began to overturn while continuing northbound. The Jeep continued to roll over multiple times until coming to a rest on its roof in the southbound lanes of Route 1. The Honda spun while traveling northbound and ultimately came to rest near the median after striking the center concrete wall with its rear bumper.
All occupants in both vehicles were properly restrained and there were no signs of impairment in either operator.
The operator of the Jeep, a 53-year-old male from Glenside, Pennsylvania, was transported to an area hospital for serious injuries. 53-year-old Danette Reid, the front seat passenger, also of Glenside, Pennsylvania was transported to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased.
The 18-year-old male operator of the Honda of New Castle was not injured as a result of the collision.
Southbound lanes of Route 1 north of Route 273 were closed for approximately 5 hours while the investigation was completed, and the roadway was cleared.
This collision remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has any information is asked to contact Corporal/2 Calio at 302-365-8483.