Driver dies in early morning Dover crash

DOVER — A 20-year-old Smyrna woman died after a single-vehicle crash at 1:48 a.m. Thursday, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Authorities said the incident occurred when a 2008 Volkswagen Passat was traveling northbound on Pearson’s Corner Road south of Dinah’s Corner Road. The Passat was traveling at a high rate of speed when it entered a moderate right curve causing it to exit the roadway and strike a private mailbox and plastic trash can, police said.

The Passat continued northbound across a private yard and struck a pine tree. The impact caused both the driver and passenger to be ejected from the vehicle.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification is pending notification of next of kin.

A 26-year-old female passenger from Smyrna was not wearing a seat belt and was transported to Christiana Hospital where she was admitted in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed for approximately five hours while the crash was investigated.

Reach the Delaware State News newsroom at

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment