Man dies; passenger seriously injured after car strikes tree, flips over in Seaford crash

SEAFORD, Del. - Police say that they are investigating a car crash that happened on Wednesday evening, on Seaford Road, just south of Easter Lane.

According to Delaware State Police, at 10:12 PM on Wednesday night, a 23-year-old Seaford man was driving a 2003 Mercury Marauder southbound on Seaford Road. The driver of the Mercury was approaching a slight right curve at the intersection of Easter Lane, when he reportedly sped to try and pass a vehicle.

Upon reaching the intersection, the operator allegedly did not negotiate the curve, causing the vehicle to spin and him to lose control. While leaving the roadway, police say that the vehicle overturned and crashed into a large standing tree. After the impact, the vehicle flipped back onto its wheels for it's final resting place.

The 23-year-old driver of the Mercury was identified as Shyheim Kellam-Griffin. Griffin suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Shyheim was wearing his seat belt and it's unclear if impairment is a contributing factor in the crash.

A 21-year-old Seaford man was a passenger in the front seat of the Mercury. He was also wearing a seat belt. As a result of the crash, he was taken from the scene and transported by EMS to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was admitted for serious injuries. Seaford Road just south of Easter Lane stayed closed for about three hours, while the crash was being investigated.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the incident.

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