Boy, 5, dies in crash near Milford

May 18, 2017

Story Location:
Bay Road
Thomponville Road
Milford  Delaware
United States

A 5-year-old boy died May 17 after a crash on Route 1 north of Milford.

The crash happened at 8:05 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Route 1 near an Exxon on Wayne D Avenue. A 37-year-old Harrington man was driving a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse with his 5-year-old son properly restrained in a booster-style seat in the back seat of the car when the 37-year-old tried to cross over northbound Route 1 traffic, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Fournier said the 37-year-old failed to yield to northbound traffic, and the Eclipse struck the rear of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 44-year-old Hartly man. At the same time, Fournier said, a 2012 Ford Fusion driven by a 56-year-old Hockessin man was traveling northbound on Route 1 and he hit the Eclipse.

The impact of both collisions caused the Eclipse to rotate clockwise in an east-northeast direction before coming to a stop in a grassy ditch with heavy front-end damage. The Chevrolet Silverado sustained minor damage and continued northbound before coming to a controlled stop on the shoulder.

The 37-year old male driver of the Eclipse was properly restrained and removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital where he was admitted with undetermined injuries. Mason O’Connor, 5, of Harrington was transported to MMH by EMS where he was pronounced dead. 

The 56-year-old operator of the Ford Fusion was properly restrained and transported by EMS to MMH where he was treated and released with nonlife-threatening injuries. The 44-year-old operator of the pickup and a male passenger in the truck were uninjured.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the crash. Fournier said no charges have been filed, and alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor. Bay Road northbound was closed at Thompsonville Road for about four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.