A Frankford woman died Jan. 4 following a chain-reaction traffic collision near Frankford involving several vehicles.
The first crash happened at 6:44 a.m. when Dianna L. Jones, 68, was driving a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek westbound on Lazy Lagoon Road approaching the intersection of DuPont Boulevard (Route 113) when for unknown reasons the Subaru attempted to cross through the intersection, said Master Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police. At the same time, an unknown vehicle was traveling northbound on DuPont Boulevard and the front of the Subaru struck the right side of the unknown vehicle, causing the Subaru to rotate 180 degrees before coming to rest within the northbound lanes of DuPont Boulevard, Pepper said. After the collision, the unknown vehicle fled the scene and continued traveling northbound on DuPont Boulevard.
A 2011 Lexus RX350 operated by a 61-year-old man was traveling northbound on DuPont Boulevard when it came upon the disabled Subaru and stopped in the left travel lane. Pepper said the driver and a male passenger, both of Selbyville, got out to help Jones when a 2020 Acura RDX operated by a 61-year-old woman of Berlin, Md., was approaching the scene in the left travel lane of northbound DuPont Boulevard. As the Acura reached the scene, Pepper said, the front of the vehicle struck the rear of the Lexus that was stopped in the left travel lane, causing the Lexus to travel in a northwesterly direction while rotating counterclockwise. The Acura entered the crossover between the northbound and southbound travel lanes, and it came to rest in the northbound travel lane of DuPont Boulevard, just south of the Subaru, Pepper said.
After the second collision, Pepper said, a 2002 Ford Explorer operated by a 67-year-old Ocean City, Md. man approached the scene traveling northbound on DuPont Boulevard, and struck the left side of the Acura that was disabled in the left travel lane. As a result of the third collision, Pepper said, the Acura was forced in a northeasterly direction, and its right side struck the left side of the Subaru, causing both vehicles to exit the northbound travel lanes and come to rest on the northbound shoulder of DuPont Boulevard. After impact, she said, the Ford entered the grass median and struck a roadway sign before coming to rest in the median.
As the Subaru and Acura were pushed across the roadway, Pepper said, they collided with Jones and occupants of the Lexus, all of whom had exited their vehicles and were in the roadway.
Jones sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The operator of the Lexus was transported to an area hospital by ambulance and admitted in critical condition; the passenger was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
The operator of the Acura was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with serious injuries; the operator of the Ford was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
This collision remains under active and ongoing investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information should contact Detective K. Argo by calling 302-703-3267, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.