Kenton woman killed in chain reaction crash

WOODSIDE — Catina Isaacs, 44, of Kenton, was killed in a chain reaction car crash that involved five vehicles on U.S. 13 near Walnut Shade Road on Friday night, according to the Delaware State Police.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate the fatal crash, which happened at around 5:45 p.m. on Friday.

Preliminary investigation revealed the crash happened when a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by a 29-year-old man from Magnolia, was heading south on U.S. 13 towards Walnut Shade Road and failed to see traffic slowing and stopped in front of him.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said a 2009 Ford Flex, driven by Ms. Isaacs, was slowing in heavy traffic, which had backed up nearly half a mile from the Walnut Shade Road stop light in Woodside.

A 2012 UPS truck, being driven by a 37-year-old man from Dover, was either slowing down or stopped in traffic directly in front of Ms. Isaacs. A 2008 Chevrolet Silverado was also slowing down or stopped in traffic directly in front of the UPS truck.

A 2017 Buick Envision was stopped in traffic directly in front of the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. All the vehicles were traveling in the left lane of U.S. 13.

Delaware State Police by . The driver of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado failed to see the traffic slowing and stopped in front of him and struck Ms. Isaac’s car in the rear.

Master Cpl. Jaffe said the impact of the collision was so great that a chain-reaction crash happened. Ms. Isaac’s Ford was forced into the rear of the UPS truck, which was pushed into the rear of the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, which was forced into the rear of the Buick Envision.

The 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by a 39-year-old man from Federalsburg, Maryland, and the Buick Envision, driven by a 76-year-old man from Milford, came to a controlled stop in the highway’s median.

The UPS truck was forced off the highway into a ditch. The Ford Flex and the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado came to an uncontrolled stop in the left lane of South DuPont Highway.

Ms. Isaacs was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and the UPS truck were taken to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Ms. Isaacs and the driver of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.

Police said impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

U.S. 13, near Long Acre Drive, was closed for about four-and-a-half hours while the investigation took place and the roadway was cleared.


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