Delaware State Police

**Traffic Advisory** State Police Investigating Serious Crash South of Hartly

Hartly Crash

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Hartly – The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a serious crash south of Hartly.

The incident occurred around 8:05 p.m. Thursday August 31, 2017 at the intersection of Halltown Road (SR8) and Hartly Road (SR44) and involved a car and a horse and buggy.  Injuries have been reported in the crash, however, the exact number and extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.

SR8 eastbound and westbound are currently closed in the area.  Commuters should expect delays in the area and find alternate routes of travel.

Further details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation.

Please follow the Real Time Travel Advisories through DelDOT to get updates on the road opening by clicking: http://deldot.gov/information/travel_advisory/#trafficBox1

Released: 083117 2105

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Troopers Investigating Exxon Robbery

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Newark (19713) – Delaware State Police is currently investigating the armed robbery of a Newark area Exxon which occurred yesterday afternoon.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident happened on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at approximately 3:39 p.m., as a male suspect entered the Exxon located at 4600 Ogletown Road. The suspect approached the sales counter where he then brandished a knife and demanded money from the cash register. The male clerk, who was standing behind the counter, complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. The suspect then exited the business and was last seen running toward Harmony Road. The clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as a white male 25-30 years of age. He was 6’00” tall, weighed approximately 200 lbs., and was last seen wearing a green shirt and a green baseball cap. There is not further physical or clothing description available.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Robbery Unit at 302-365-8566. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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Released: 083117 1453

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Troopers Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Involving a Pedestrian

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Newark – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian which occurred early this morning east of Newark.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash happened this morning, Thursday, August 31, 2017, at approximately 2:20 a.m., as a 51-year-old female pedestrian was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of DE Rt. 2 (Capitol Trail) in the area of Darwin Drive, walking in a southbound direction. As the pedestrian entered the right hand lane of Rt. 2, she stepped directly into the path of a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta, which was being operated by a 33-year-old Wilmington man. The operator of the Jetta swerved to the right in an attempt to avoid the collision, however, he was unsuccessful. The front left of the Volkswagen then struck the pedestrian vaulting her onto the hood and into the windshield. The victim then came to rest in the right hand lane of the roadway. The operator of the Volkswagen was able to bring his vehicle to a controlled stop on the right hand shoulder.

The female pedestrian, who was wearing dark clothing, not carrying a flashlight, and not utilizing a marked cross walk, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name is being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin. Alcohol use on the part of the victim is being considered as a factor in this crash.

The operator of the Volkswagen was not injured.  Impairment on his part is not being considered as a factor in this crash.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. No charges are expected.

Released: 083117 0840

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Troopers Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash – Update

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

New Castle (19720) – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has identified the 57 year old New Castle woman who died in the motor vehicle crash which occurred on US Rt. 13 south on DE Rt. 273 on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, as Diane L. Hamby.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

Released: 083117 0810

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Troopers Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

New Castle (19720) – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a single vehicle crash which has claimed the life of a New Castle woman.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 6:35 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, August 30, 2017, as a 57-year-old New Castle woman was operating a 1998 Hyundai Elantra and was traveling in a northbound direction on US Rt. 13 (N. DuPont Highway) just south of DE 273 (Frenchtown Road).  For an unknown reason, the Hyundai left the roadway and drifted into the center grass median. It then continued across the southbound lanes of US Rt. 13 and left the roadway again before striking a utility pole with its passenger side doors. The female operator, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was trapped in the car for a period of time until she could be extricated by responding fire department personnel. She was then treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported by EMS to the Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The victim’s name is being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin.

The two right hand lanes of US Rt. 13 southbound were closed for a period of time as the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline

1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us <mailto:debra.reed@state.de.us.

Released: 083017 1735

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Detectives Seek Publics Assistance in Identifying Theft Suspect(s)

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier 

Georgetown – Troopers are investigating a theft of tires from an auto dealership in the Georgetown area.

The Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is seeking the publics assistance in identifying the person or persons involved in the theft of truck tires that were stolen off vehicles parked at First State Chevrolet located at 22694 DuPont Boulevard.  Sometime through the night of Saturday August 26, 2017 and into the morning hours of Sunday August 27, 2017, a suspect(s) removed 12 tires and rims from three vehicles parked on the lot.  After reporting that incident to troopers on Sunday, the next day (Monday August 29, 2017) troopers responded back to First State Chevrolet for a report of two more vehicles that were completely stripped of the tires and rims.  The tires and rims stolen are reported to be valued at more than $20,000.00 total.

If anyone has any information in reference to these incident or are able to identify the truck depicted in the attached photo, they are asked to contact Detective C. Simpson at 302-752-3855. 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.

Released: 083017 1505

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**Update** Troopers Investigate Fatal Crash South of Laurel

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Laurel – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred south of Laurel early Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred around 8:12 p.m. Tuesday August 29, 2017 as Carman L. Williams, 60 of Philadelphia Pennsylvania was operating a 2006 Buick Lucerne westbound on Gordy Road stopped at a posted stop sign at the intersection of Sussex Highway (US 13).  A 62 year old male from Nelsonia, Virginia was operating a 2011 Kenworth T660 bobtail tractor northbound on Sussex Highway approaching Gordy Road. For unknown reasons, the operator of the Lucerne failed to remain stopped and entered the intersection directly in the path of the tractor trailer. In an attempt to avoid the collision the tractor trailer operator swerved to the left, however the front of Kenworth struck the driver’s side of the Lucerne.  After impact, the Lucerne was redirected northbound and slid into the grass median before coming to a stop.  The tractor trailer swerved into the southbound lanes, crossing the center median before coming to a stop on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 13.

Carman Williams, who was properly restrained, was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford via ambulance where she was later pronounced dead.  A 25 year old male passenger and a 17 year old female passenger (grandchildren of Williams) were properly restrained and transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released with non life threatening injuries.

The 62 year old male operator of the tractor trailer was properly restrained and reported no injuries at the scene.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. US13 northbound and southbound at Gordy Road were closed for four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

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Released: 083017 1155

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**Traffic Advisory** Serious Crash Investigated South of Laurel

Serious Crash Laurel

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Laurel – The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a serious crash involving a tractor trailer and a car.

The incident occurred around 8:12 p.m. Tuesday August 29, 2017 on Sussex Highway (US13) southbound near Gordy Road.  Injuries have been reported in the crash, however, the exact number and extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.

US13 northbound and southbound are currently closed in the area.  Commuters should expect delays in the area and find alternate routes of travel.

Further details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation.

Please follow the Real Time Travel Advisories through DelDOT to get updates on the road opening by clicking: http://deldot.gov/information/travel_advisory/#trafficBox1

Released: 082917 2135

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A Memorial Sign Ceremony to Honor Fallen Officer Francis Ryan

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Cpl./2 Robert Colmery, Sgt. Richard Bratz, Ms. Eleanor Allione, Col. Nathaniel Mc Queen, Jr., Breanna Prentice (great great grand niece); grand nieces: Dianne McMinds, Karen Dougherty, Colleen Stein; great grand niece Colleen Dougherty (daughter of Steve & Lori); Grand niece Lori Dougherty and husband Steve Dougherty; Fred McMinds husband of Dianne (grandfather to Breanna), Cpl./3 Joseph Thuet, and Cpl./3 Jeffrey Hale

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Wilmington – Today at 9:00 a.m., the Delaware State Police honored Officer Francis Ryan at a Public Servants Memorial Sign Ceremony. The ceremony was held on Philadelphia Pike at East Holly Oak Road, Wilmington.

Officer Francis Ryan, a member of the Delaware State Highway Police, died at the age of 31 while attempting to apprehend a speeding motorist on Philadelphia Pike on October 17, 1922. Officer Ryan’s motorcycle was struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction in the area of East Holly Oak Road. He was taken to a local doctor for immediate treatment before being transported to the Delaware Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on November 2, 1922.

“I want to thank everyone in attendance for your willingness to take the time from your busy schedules to be here this morning. I especially want to thank the state officials and the state policemen who are here this morning to commemorate Francis Ryan’s service to the State of Delaware. My name is Lori Dougherty. I am one of four grandnieces of Francis Paul Ryan who are here with our families today. My three sisters Karen, Diane, Colleen and I are all very honored and very grateful to see our great uncle Francis Ryan’s sacrifice recognized in this manner.

While I was growing up my mother often told me the story of our paternal grandmother’s brother, Francis Ryan. How he was a policeman and was the first to ride a motorcycle on the job…As a family, we will be forever grateful to Officer Lewis and all of the other officers and state officials who have taken part in making sure Officer Francis Ryan sacrifice has not been forgotten. Again, thank you to everyone whose hard work contributed to making this day possible…”

Lori Dougherty Grandniece of Officer Francis Ryan

Dignitaries, Troopers, family, and friends gathered to remember Officer Francis Ryan who made the “Ultimate Sacrifice” in service to the State of Delaware.

The following offered remarks at the ceremony:

  • Attorney General Matt Denn
  • Robert Coupe, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland
  • Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr., Superintendent of the Delaware State Police
  • Lieutenant Thomas Brackin, Delaware State Troopers Association
  • Lori Dougherty, grandniece of Officer Ryan

“Since 2012, The Delaware State Police has held eight ceremonies throughout Delaware to honor our fallen Troopers as part of our Line of Duty Death Memorial Sign Program. This program was initiated to ensure that Memorial signs were dedicated at the crash locations for all Troopers who have died in the line of duty as a result of motor vehicle crashes since 1922.

It was discovered that only (four) of the 13 Troopers involved in fatal crashes had memorial signs dedicated. Working with DelDOT as part of the Public Servants Memorial Signage Program, a plan was initiated to dedicate nine more signs over the next few years. Since this program began, We have dedicated (4) memorial signs in New Castle County, (2), in Kent County, (1) in Sussex County and (1) just over the line in PA. Today’s ceremony honoring Officer Francis Ryan now ensures that all (13) roadside memorial signs have been placed to honor our fallen Troopers.

These ceremonies have been about more than the dedication of memorial signs. These ceremonies have allowed us all to reflect upon the history of our heroes and our survivors. They have also confirmed that the history of the Delaware State Police is more than names and statistics. It is the story of human dedication, service and sacrifice. Today as we approach the 95th anniversary of his death we gather to honor the service and sacrifice of Officer Francis Ryan. Officer Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our Great State and we are grateful for this opportunity to recognize him with this memorial sign and affirm our promise that his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. Superintendent of the Delaware State Police

A Memorial Sign Ceremony to Honor Fallen Officer Francis Ryan

Released: 082917 1341

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