Teen killed in Smyrna car crash

SMYRNA — A Smyrna High School teenager died and two others suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash at an intersection Thursday night, Delaware State Police said.

The collision on Wheatley’s Pond Road involved four Smyrna High students and a 2018 graduate.

Smyrna school leaders arranged counseling services for classmates Friday and will do so again today.

The district issued the following statement Friday:

“The Smyrna School District is deeply saddened over the events of Thursday, June 6, 2019, when four current students and a graduate from last year were in an automobile collision at the intersection of Wheatley’s Pond and Mount Friendship roads.

“The collective thoughts and prayers of the Smyrna School District go out to the families of those affected, and we continue to collaborate with the Smyrna Police Department to provide services to our students and staff.

“We have secured school-, district- and state-level resources to assist our entire Smyrna School District family during this difficult time. Counselors will be at Smyrna High School (Friday) and into the evening hours to provide care and assistance. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 8th, counselors will return to Smyrna High School, as well, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. Since our primary focus is on helping our students and staff during this time of need, we respectfully request that no television cameras or reporters come to any of our school campuses. All media inquiries regarding the collision should be directed to the Delaware State Police.”

Crash detailed
Authorities said the motor vehicle crash occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m., when a Dodge Ram 2500 was traveling westbound on Wheatley’s Pond Road (Del. 300) toward the intersection of Mount Friendship Road. A Nissan Altima was stopped/slowing to a stop, facing westbound on Wheatley’s Pond Road preparing to make a left turn onto Mount Friendship Road. The operator of the Dodge Ram failed to properly perceive the Altima preparing to make the left turn and collided with same, police said.

The right rear seat passenger in the Altima, a 16-year-old Clayton male, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General where he was pronounced dead.

As of Friday afternoon his name was being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
The driver of the Dodge Ram, a 24-year-old Marydel male who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital where he was treated and released.

The driver of the Altima, a 19-year-old Clayton male, was wearing a seat belt. He and his front seat passenger, an 18-year-old Smyrna male, who was also wearing a seat belt, were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released.

Two other rear seat passengers, both wearing seat belts, were in the Altima. The left rear seat passenger, a 17-year-old Smyrna male, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital and later transported to Christiana Hospital.

The middle rear seat passenger, a 15-year-old Smyrna male, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Christiana.

The intersection was closed for approximately six hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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