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Weekend Crash Highlights Growing Safety Concerns on Route 404


BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- A weekend crash killed one person and put two others in critical condition. Police say a teenage driver from Mount Airy, Maryland crossed the center line and hit a Georgetown couple head-on on Route 404 near Bridgeville Saturday. 

53-year old Carolyn Tallent was killed in the crash. A wreath of flowers sits on the side of Route 404 where the accident happened. Her family is now left picking up the pieces.

"I want everyone to realize how serious driving is. Even if it is just a few minutes down the road,” says the victim’s son, Frank Tallent. “I've got to explain to my oldest son that his mom mom isn't around anymore and I don't know how to do that."

Frank Tallent says the family’s loss highlights safety concerns on Route 404.

“I think the problem is slower lower Delaware isn’t so slow anymore,” says Tallent. “Some of our major roads like 404 and out 24 and 9 need to be widened.”

Delaware State Police know just how busy Route 404 can get this time of year.

"That highway is heavily traveled by people coming from out of state heading towards the beaches or going home from the beaches,” said Cpl. Gary Fournier with the Delaware State Police.

Delaware State Police urge drivers to be cautious on the roadways.

"Maintain your distance between cars, reduce your speed, it is a two lane highway,” says Cpl. Fournier. “Please pay attention to the roadway."

The family hopes this will help stop even more tragedies from happening.

Carolyn Tallent’s husband, Frank Tallent, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, is in stable condition at Christiana Hospital.

No funeral date has been decided yet for Carolyn Tallent. The family has chosen Short Funeral Home in Georgetown for the services. They ask those wishing to send flowers or cards to send them to the funeral home.

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