Troopers Identify Woman Killed In Tragic Accident On Wednesday

Delaware State Police have identified the victim who died during a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on August 24, 2022, in the Hartly area as Catherine Samardza, 67, of Hartly, DE.

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in the Hartly area on Wednesday afternoon, according to Senior Corporal Leonard DeMalto.

DeMalto said on August 24, 2022, at approximately 5:18 p.m., a white 2002 Toyota Corolla was stopped at a stop sign facing north on Brittney Lane at the intersection with Halltown Road. At the same time, a white 2019 Dodge Ram was traveling eastbound on Halltown Road approaching the intersection at Brittney Lane. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Toyota proceeded onto Halltown Road and into the path of the oncoming Ram pickup truck said DeMalto. As a result, the front of the Ram struck the left side of the Corolla. Both vehicles traveled in a northeasterly direction until coming to rest on Halltown Road.

The operator of the Toyota Corolla, Catherine Samardza, 67, ofHartly was transported from the scene to an area hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin said DeMalto. The passenger of the Corolla, a 74-year-old Dover was transported via ambulance to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The operator of the Dodge Ram, a 36-year-old Dover man was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

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