Updated: Late Dover crash victim praised as a hero

DOVER – A 25-year-old man who died from wounds suffered while trying to help a motorist in a vehicle crash earlier this week was praised as news of his death spread on social media Friday.

Shawn Shannon passed away at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, three days after being struck by a vehicle in the area of U.S. 13 and Webbs Lane around 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mr. Shannon was walking nearby when he witnessed the initial collision, then hit himself while lending assistance, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

“My brother was a hero for sure,” Mariah Talayya posted on Facebook. “So selfless all the time.”

A flurry of posts followed, including condolences for the family, expressed sadness and admiration of Mr. Shannon’s efforts.

Deborah Young, 67, was driving a 2011 Toyota Sienna on U.S. 13 southbound approaching Webbs Lane when her vehicle struck a 2019 Kia Soul attempting to turn, authorities said. Both vehicles spun and came to rest on the highway.

An approaching 2007 Jeep Cherokee struck the Sienna with Ms. Young still inside and police said the impact pushed the vehicle into the grass median and onto the other side of the roadway. Mr. Shannon was then hit by a vehicle.

Ms. Young was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, where she died from injuries. Mr. Shannon arrived in critical condition before succumbing to his wounds, police said.

The two other drivers involved were treated for minor injuries and released.

Police said the incident occurred in wet conditions.

No charges have been filed as investigation continues, police said Friday.

Police are seeking witnesses seen on camera at the scene and asked anyone with information to call 736-7111 and ask for Officer Brian Wood.

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