Lewes crash kills three on Christmas Eve, DSP searching for driver

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LEWES, Del. – Delaware State Police are investigating a crash that took the life of three people on Christmas Eve.

Around 7:59 p.m. on December 24th, a Land Rover was traveling westbound on Lewes-Georgetown Highway, approaching Minos Conaway Road. At the same time, a Honda Odyssey, driven by a 42-year-old man from Temple, Pa. was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection, say police.

Police say the Honda tried to turn left, but pulled into the path of the Land Rover. The front of the Land Rover hit the driver’s side of the Honda, according to police. Investigators say the impact caused both vehicles to spin out of control.

Delaware State Police say the 42-year-old driver of the Honda was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. There were six others inside the vehicle, three of whom police say were ejected during the crash.

A 9-year-old girl and 35-year-old Temple, Pa. woman, and a 74-year-old Lewes man were identified as the ejected victims, and were pronounced dead the scene. Identification is pending notification to next of kin. The other three passengers, a 12-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl, and a 67-year-old woman were taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Land Rover ran from the scene, and police have not yet identified him. Anyone with information is urged to contact Master Corporal K. Argo by calling (302) 703-3264. Information can also be provided to Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 703-3264.

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