Woodside man killed in July 4th car crash

FELTON — A 50-year-old Woodside man died of injuries suffered in a two-car collision north of Felton Tuesday, Delaware State Police said.

John E. Watson, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Irish Hill Road.

A preliminary investigation determined the incident occurred at about 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, as a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette traveling westbound on Irish Hill Road was negotiating a slight left curve east of Canterbury Road, state police said.

The Corvette, driven by Mr. Watson, was approaching a silver Ford Focus.

The 2014 Ford Focus, operated by Chelsea E. Harris, 22, of Felton, was traveling east on Irish Hill Road.

The Corvette lost control as the driver was negotiating a curve and started to rotate counter clockwise, crossing the center double yellow line in front of the Focus, state police said.

The Ford Focus struck the Corvette in the passenger side door with its front bumper in the eastbound lane. After initial impact the Corvette spun counter clockwise 360 degrees traveling down an embankment where it stopped south of the south edge of the roadway. The Ford Focus started to rotate clockwise and came to rest in the east bound lane.

Mr. Watson was transported from the scene by EMS to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital.

Ms. Harris, who was properly restrained, was removed by EMS and transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with serious but, non-life threatening injuries.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the crash.

Irish Hill Road in the area of the crash was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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