Del. Police Investigate Fatal Crash on Route 1 Near Smyrna - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Del. Police Investigate Fatal Crash on Route 1 Near Smyrna


SMYRNA, Del.- The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred late Saturday afternoon on Route 1 approximately a mile south of Smyrna.

Police said that at approximately 4:45 p.m., 56-year-old Robert S. Hart of Glenside, Pa., was operating a 1999 Ford Explorer and traveling in the left lane of northbound Route 1.  According to police, Hart attempted to pass a 2006 Jeep Wrangler CMP that was traveling in the right lane of northbound Route 1.  The 2006 Jeep Wrangler CMP was driven by 29-year-old Rebecca A. Strite of Waynesboro, Pa.

Police said that as the Ford Explorer attempted pass the Wrangler, it crossed over the center line with the Explorer's passenger side striking the Wrangler's driver side.  After the collision, the Wrangler traveled off of the east edge of the roadway, down an embankment and struck several trees before coming to rest.  Police say the Ford Explorer traveled off of the west edge of the roadway into the center median and overturned several times. The passenger (wife of Robert Hart) in the Ford Explorer, 53-year-old Ruth G. Hart, also of Glenside, Pa., was ejected from the vehicle.

Police said Ruth Hart was transported by ambulance to Kent General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. He husband was also transported to Kent General Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Police said Strite and her front seat passenger in the Jeep Wrangler, 23-year-old Amy L. Lehigh, of Hanover, Pa., were transported to Kent General Hospital where they were treated for their injuries and released.

According to police, a preliminary investigation into the crash indicates that Ruth Hart was not wearing a seatbelt.  All other occupants of both vehicles were properly restrained.  Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, investigators said.

Route 1 was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Police said the DSP Crash Reconstruction Unit is still investigating the crash with charges pending the conclusion of the investigation.


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