UPDATE: Fatal crash closes Route 9 near Georgetown

Georgetown man faces vehicular homicide, DUI charges
November 3, 2017

Story Location:
Route 9
Warrington Road
Georgetown  Delaware
United States

A 50-year-old Georgetown man is facing charges following a fatal crash on Route 9 near Georgetown Nov. 3.

The three-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 6 p.m. about one mile west of Georgetown near Warrington Road, said Sgt. Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police.

Georgetown resident Jesser Figueroa, 50, was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle south on Warrington Road, approaching the Route 9 intersection, when he failed to stop at the stop sign and drove into the path of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck driven by John H. Scott Jr., 48, of Georgetown.

Scott, who was headed west on Route 9 approaching the same intersection, swerved to the left to avoid a collision, but the front of the Volkswagen Beetle hit the right side of the truck. After impact, the Silverado rotated counter-clockwise into oncoming traffic, directly into the path of a 2013 Ram 3500 pickup truck driven by Ellendale resident Ruben Lourenco, 62.

Lourenco, who also was driving west on Route 9, also tried to avoid the collision by swerving to the right, but the Ram hit the Silverado directly in the right passenger-side door. The Silverado was redirected as it came to a rest just off the southern edge of the roadway, Bratz said.

The Ram truck continued east before leaving the southern edge of the roadway where it came to a stop.

After initial impact, the Beetle came to a stop in the middle of the roadway and Figueroa exited the vehicle and fled on foot, Bratz said.

Figueroa was later found hiding in a ditch several hundred yards away from the collision. He was located by a Delaware State Police helicopter and arrested without incident.

Scott, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lourenco, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Beebe Healthcare with minor injuries.

Figueroa, who was wearing a seatbelt, is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, second-degree vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision, driving without a valid license, failure to report and failure to stop at a stop sign. He was arraigned and jailed at the Sussex Correctional Institution on $18,300 cash bond.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing an investigation. Route 9 was closed for about 4.5 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated.