UPDATED: DSP responds to fatal crash in Smyrna

SMYRNA, Del. - Delaware State Police have now identified the victim of a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 8:24p.m. Wednesday night in Smyrna. 

According to a press release police say that 22 year old Wade W. Knight of Philadelphia was operating a  2001 Lexus along Smyrna Landing Road in the area of Brick Store Landing Road at an apparent high rate of speed.

After proceeding through the intersection with Brick Store Landing Road, without stopping at the posted stop sign, Knight lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road, and crashed into multiple trees. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Knight was not wearing his seatbelt, and excessive speed does appear to be a factor in the crash. It has not been determined if impairment was a factor.

Police say the road was shut down for 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8486. 

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