Georgetown woman dies in two-vehicle crash, passenger in critical condition

February 29, 2024

A Georgetown woman died and another is in critical condition Feb. 29 following a two-vehicle crash near Georgetown.

The crash happened at 7:40 a.m. when a Millsboro man, 59, was driving a 2020 Volvo VHD roll-off container truck westbound on Shortly Road, approaching Bull Pine Road, and a 2008 Honda Civic driven by Maria Niz-Chilel, 34, was traveling southbound on Bull Pine Road and failed to stop at the intersection with Shortly Road, police said. The Honda drove into the path of the truck, which struck the left side of the Honda. Police said the truck then overrode the Honda as it continued in a southwesterly direction and overturned as it exited the roadway. After impact, police said, the Honda rotated in a westerly direction before coming to a stop in the eastbound lane of Shortly Road.

Niz-Chilel was pronounced dead at the scene. The front passenger of the Honda, a 29-year-old Georgetown woman, was airlifted to an area trauma hospital where she was admitted in critical condition.

The Millsboro man was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed for about six-and-a-half hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.


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