Milton man, 64, dies in Route 1 crash

October 5, 2019

A 64-year-old Milton man died Oct. 3  after police say he drove off Route 1 and struck a tree.

Joshua Clendaniel III was driving a 2000 Toyota Avalon at 11:05 p.m. northbound on Route 1 north of Hudson Road approaching Lockerman Road when for unknown reasons he exited the east edge of Route 1, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. After exiting the roadway, she said, the vehicle continued traveling in a northerly direction along the grass shoulder of Route 1 where it eventually crossed over Lockerman Road and struck a standing tree.

Clendaniel was not wearing a seat belt, and he was ejected from the vehicle; he was pronounced deceased at the scene, Jaffe said.

Northbound Route 1 in the area of Lockerman Road was closed for about three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.