Lincoln man faces felony charges following fatal car crash

August 25, 2020

A Lincoln man faces charges after a car crash Aug. 24 that killed a 40-year-old woman.

Dustin R. Westwood, 32, was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee at 6:15 p.m. southbound near Bridgeville on Chaplains Chapel Road south of Deer Forest Road negotiating a slight curve in the roadway when he drove into the northbound lane, hitting a 2005 Nissan Altima head-on, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. 

The driver of the Altima, a 40-year-old woman from Bridgeville, was not properly restrained and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her name is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin, Jaffe said.

Westwood was properly restrained, and he declined medical treatment. He was taken to Troop 5 where he was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving while suspended or revoked, driving a vehicle under the influence of a drug, and other traffic offenses. He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $55,001 cash-only bond.

Chaplains Chapel Road between Deer Forest Road and Russell Road was closed for about four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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