The Dover Police Department is investigating a serious vehicle collision involving a Dover Police Officer and another vehicle, that left a 59-year-old female of Dover seriously injured Wednesday morning.
The investigation began at 7:59 when a Dover Police Officer radioed to dispatch that they had been involved in a vehicle collision on South Little Creek Road.
Several Officers responded and located the collision in the area of South Little Creek Road and Signal Street. The driver of the second vehicle, which was a 1997 Chevrolet Camaro, was trapped inside her vehicle and the Dover Fire Department responded to cut her out police said.
Once removed from the vehicle, 59-year-old Loreen Miller of Dover was airlifted to a New Castle County hospital in critical condition. Dover Police later said in an update that Miller succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.
The officer, a 4-year veteran, was transported to an area hospital for treatment and later released with minor injuries.
Officials said the investigation revealed that the Officer was traveling westbound on South Little Creek Road in a fully marked Dover Police Vehicle approaching Signal Street. At that same time, the Miller was traveling eastbound on South Little Creek road, and was attempting to turn left onto Signal Street, which resulted in the vehicles colliding in an offset head-on manner according to police. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage.
The officer involved in this collision is a 4-year veteran of the Dover Police Department and is a member of the Patrol Division. Consistent with standard practice for all incidents associated with a death where an Officer is involved, the Officer has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation officlas said.