Update: Harrington man killed in crash on Del. 1 in Milford

MILFORD – Virgil L. Stewart , a 72-year-old man from Harrington, was killed in a collision on Del. 1 in Milford on Saturday afternoon, according to Master Col. Melissa Jaffe, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

Master Cpl. Jaffe said the crash took place at around 1:22 p.m. after a 2009 Mercury Marquis being driven by Mr. Stewart that was traveling eastbound on Pine Haven Road stopped at the intersection of Del. 1.

At the same time, a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling southbound on Del. 1 approaching the intersection of Pine Haven Road where the Marquis was stopped.

For unknown reasons, Mr. Stewart pulled forward from the stop sign and entered the highway directly into the path of the pickup. The driver of the pickup was unable to avoid the collision as the front of the truck collided with the left side of the Marquis in the right travel lane of Del. 1.

Mr. Stewart was wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the car, a man from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was also wearing a seatbelt. He sustained critical injuries and was taken to the Bayhealth Sussex Campus in Milford.

The driver of the pickup, a 30-year-old man from Georgetown, and his passenger were both wearing seatbelts and were not injured.

Del. 1, in the area of Pine Haven Road, was closed for an extended period of time while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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