Police probe fatal Georgetown crash

GEORGETOWN — The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit on Sunday continued to investigate a fatal crash that occurred at 2:46 p.m. Saturday on West Piney Grove Road, south of East Trap Pond Road, Georgetown.

Police on Sunday identified Thomas D. Clarke, 63, of Georgetown as the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck who was killed in the crash, police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said.

The initial investigation determined that a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, driven by Mr. Clarke, was traveling northbound on West Piney Grove Road, approximately .4 miles south of East Trap Pond Road, when for an unknown reason he traveled off the right edge of the roadway onto a grassy area.

The Chevrolet re-entered the roadway and traveled across the center line into the opposing lane of travel, directly in to the path of a 2006 Jeep Cherokee, driven by a 53 year old Georgetown woman. The driver of the Jeep was unable to avoid the Chevrolet, resulting in the vehicles colliding in the southbound lane of travel.

Mr. Clarke, who was unrestrained, was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep, who was properly restrained, was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Sgt. A. Mendez at Troop 7 by calling 302-703-3269.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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