Driver Killed After Going Airborne, Rolling Vehicle

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal single motor vehicle collision that occurred in the Seaford area this morning.

Officials said on May 14, 2023, at approximately 5:34 a.m., a 1999 Toyota Corolla operated by a 33-year-old male of Bridgeville, was traveling westbound on Hearns Pond Road at a high rate of speed, approaching the intersection of Conrail Road.

The intersection of Hearns Pond Road and Conrail Road is controlled by a four-way stop sign. Immediately west of the intersection of Conrail Road, there is a railroad crossing. The Toyota failed to stop at the stop sign and continued west through the intersection and over the railroad crossing, which caused the vehicle to go airborne police said.

The Toyota then landed in the center of Hearns Pond Road, and began rotating clockwise as it was traveling in a northwesterly direction. The Toyota exited the north edge of the roadway, crossing over a ditch and its front center struck a tree.

The 33-year-old male operator of the Toyota who police say was not properly restrained, was pronounced deceased on the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

Hearns Pond Road in the area of the collision was closed for approximately 4.5 hours while the crash was investigated, and the roadway was cleared.