One Killed in Fatal Crash in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, DE – One person was killed in a crash on Interstate 495 shortly after midnight on Friday, according to the Delaware State Police.

At approximately 12:16 a.m., a silver 2008 Lincoln MKZ was traveling northbound on Interstate 495 approaching the area of Exit 1 for US Business Route 13.

“For an unknown reason, the operator of the Lincoln pulled onto the right shoulder and came to a stop. The operator then exited his vehicle and began standing on I-495,” police reported. “During this time, a blue 2017 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on I-495 approaching the Lincoln’s location. The Accord partially crossed over the white shoulder line, and as a result, its front right corner struck the rear left corner of the stopped Lincoln MKZ. After the collision, the Lincoln was spun in a clockwise direction until it struck a guardrail on the east side of the roadway where it came to rest.”

Police said the Honda subsequently flipped onto its roof and slid northbound until it came to rest on the interstate. The driver of the Lincoln was also struck at this time by one of the vehicles as he stood on the highway.

“The operator of the Lincoln MKZ, a 53-year-old man from Newark, sustained critical injuries. He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next-of-kin,” police said in a report. “The passenger of the Lincoln, a 53-year-old man from New Castle, DE, was properly restrained. He was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries. The operator of the Honda Accord, a 23-year-old woman from New Castle, DE, was not properly restrained. She was transported to an area hospital for serious injuries.”

No other injuries were reported. I-495 northbound was closed for approximately five hours while the crash was being investigated and cleared.