Two people die in two-car crash on Mount Joy Road

July 4, 2020

Two people died July 3 following a two-car crash east of the intersection of Mount Joy Road and Lawson Road.

The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. when a 2001 Toyota Corolla operated by 18-year-old Keiner Diaz-Lopez of Georgetown was traveling eastbound on Mount Joy Road east of Lawson Road negotiating a slight left curve, said Senior Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police. At the same time, she said, a 2003 Ford Explorer operated by a 29-year-old Selbyville man was traveling westbound on Mount Joy Road when for unknown reasons, the Toyota crossed the center line and entered the travel path of the Ford. The operator of the Ford swerved to the right and applied the brakes, which resulted in the front right of the Toyota colliding with the left front side of the Ford. After impact, the Toyota rotated counterclockwise and came to rest in the middle of Mount Joy Road, Pepper said. The Ford traveled off the north edge of the road and came to rest in the grass.

The operator of the Toyota was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance and was pronounced deceased. He was properly restrained.

The operator of the Ford was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted with nonlife-threatening injuries. He was properly restrained.

The right-front passenger of the Ford, 72-year-old John Bradley of Millsboro, was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. It is unknown if he was wearing a seatbelt, Pepper said. A female from Millsboro was a rear passenger in the Ford and was properly restrained. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

As a result of the crash, Mount Joy Road was closed for about four hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate the crash.

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