Driver leaves scene after causing crash that killed 6-year-old in Magnolia


MAGNOLIA, Del. – Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash that killed a 6-year-old girl. Police say around 8:39 p.m. Saturday they were called to the crash in the area of Bay Road (SR1) and Trap Shooters Lane.

A 24-year-old Magnolia woman was driving her 2005 Chrysler northbound in the left lane, while an unknown passenger vehicle was just in front of her in the right lane. Police say the passenger vehicle crossed into the left lane, before crossing back over into the right lane. That’s when police say the 24-year-old driver swerved to avoid hitting the other vehicle. That driver went off the road and into a grass median. Police say the Chrysler spun and ended up in the southbound lanes. The Chrysler then hit the front left side of a 2014 BMW, driven by a 26-year-old Waldorf, Md. man.

Police say the force of the impact caused the Chrysler and the BMW to spin away from each other. The BMW ended up on its roof in a nearby tree line. As the BMW was rolling over, police say a 6-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle. The girl was taken by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General, where she was pronounced dead. Police say the unknown passenger vehicle kept driving.

The 24-year-old driver of the Chrysler was airlifted from the scene to Christiana Medical Center where she was treated for injuries. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old driver of the BMW was also airlifted from the scene and taken to Christiana Medical Care. Police say he was also treated for injuries. In total, police say there were four other Waldorf, Md. passengers in the BMW. Two 30-year-old women were taken to Bayhealth Kent General and treated for injuries. Police say a 12-year-old boy was also taken to Bayhealth Kent General, and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was later released. Lastly, police say an 11-month-old girl was taken to A.I. duPont and treated for injuries.

No description of the unknown passenger vehicle was given. SR1 northbound traffic was blocked off for about five hours as investigators reconstructed the crash. Delaware State Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact Master Corporal W. Booth at (302) 698-8451.

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