Second man dies in Route 1 crash

February 11, 2020

A 31-year-old Newark man died of his injuries Feb. 10, following a two-car crash Feb. 8 on Route 1 near Milton that killed a Frederica man, 75.

Andrew S. Hengel was taken to Beebe Healthcare with serious injuries following the crash at 2:51 p.m. near Eagles Crest Road. He died from his injuries Feb. 10, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police.

The crash happened as Steven M. Thompson, 75, of Frederica, was driving a 2020 Toyota RAV 4 in the right lane of southbound Route 1 north of Eagles Crest Road, and a 2015 Audi A3 driven by Hengel was traveling directly behind the Toyota, police said. The Audi failed to slow down as it approached the Toyota and struck it from behind, causing the Toyota to run off the west side of the roadway where it overturned before coming to rest in a grassy area, police said. The Audi also traveled off the west side of the roadway, striking a chain-link fence and proceeding through it, before coming to a stop.

Thompson was ejected from the vehicle, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. A 69-year-old female passenger in his vehicle was transported to Beebe Healthcare with serious injuries.

Southbound Route 1 was closed for about four hours while the scene was investigated and cleared. 

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