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Former election commissioner dies in crash

November 3, 2020

A former Delaware election commissioner and her husband died Nov. 2 after a crash on Route 13 near Red Lion.

The crash happened at 1:53 p.m. when a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox was stopped at a traffic light on northbound Route 13 at the intersection of Red Lion Road, said Cpl. Jason Hatchell of the Delaware State Police.

 A 2018 Freightliner tractor-trailer also traveling northbound on Route 13 failed to stop, and it struck the rear of the Equinox, pushing it off the roadway and causing it to spin out of control until it struck a tree, Hatchell said.

The operator of the Equinox, a 72-year-old woman, and the front-seat passenger, a 75-year-old man, both from Ocean View, were properly restrained. Both victims were transported to Christiana Hospital where they were pronounced deceased. Police released their names as Mary and Lambert Manlove; during a Nov. 3 press conference, Gov. John Carney expressed sadness over the death of former Department of Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove and her husband. “She always had a smile and Irish twinkle in her eye,” he said.

The operator of the tractor-trailer, a 41-year-old Pennsylvania man, was not injured as a result of the crash. Northbound Route 13 between Route 1 and Hamburg Road was closed for about three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Det. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486.

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