SMYRNA, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a Thursday night crash in Smyrna that left a teenager dead and five other people injured.
Police said the incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m., when a Dodge Ram 2500 was traveling westbound on Wheatley’s Pond Road (SR 300) toward the intersection of Mt. Friendship Road. Investigators said a Nissan Altima was stopped, or slowing to a stop, facing westbound on Wheatley’s Pond Road and preparing to make a left turn onto Mt. Friendship Road when the driver of the Dodge Ram failed to properly perceive the Altima preparing to make the left turn and collided with it.
Police said the driver of the Dodge Ram, a 24-year-old man from Marydel, Md., was properly restrained. He was transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where he was treated and released.
The driver of the Altima, a 19-year-old man from Clayton, was reportedly properly restrained. Police said he and his front seat passenger, an 18-year-old man from Smyrna, who was also properly restrained, were transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where they were treated and released.
There were three rear seat passengers in the Altima who were properly retrained, according to police. The left rear seat passenger, a 17-year-old boy from Smyrna, reportedly sustained serious injuries and was transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital and later transported to the Christiana Hospital. Investigators said the middle rear seat passenger, a 15-year-old boy from Smyrna, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Christiana Hospital.
The right rear seat passenger, a 16-year-old boy from Clayton, sustained serious injuries and was transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where police said he was pronounced deceased. His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
Wheatley’s Pond Road at Mt. Friendship Road was closed for approximately six hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.