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Deadly Crash Renews Calls for Reduced Speed Limit in Millsboro

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Memorial for Victim of Saturday morning crash in Millsboro (Photo: WBOC) Memorial for Victim of Saturday morning crash in Millsboro (Photo: WBOC)
Memorial for Victim of Saturday morning crash in Millsboro (Photo: WBOC) Memorial for Victim of Saturday morning crash in Millsboro (Photo: WBOC)

MILLSBORO, Del. - On a warm Monday morning, Whitney Tawes couldn't help but tear up when talking about her friend Jennifer Morris, who lost her life just two days earlier. She died in a tragic accident on Route 24 in Millsboro, just before 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

"She had the kindest heart of anyone I've ever met," Tawes said. "She would do absolutely anything for you." 

The crash happened while Morris was riding as a passenger in the car of her fiancé Kenneth Damron, on Route 24 westbound. Police said the car was approaching Godwin School Road when for "unknown reasons," it crossed the center line, and entered the eastbound lane.

Damron's car made contact with a truck, traveling in the opposite direction. The contact sent Damron's vehicle off the road, flipping it onto the passenger side, and hitting an adjacent tree. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. 

Two days later a memorial sits by that tree, as friends and family, show their love for Morris. Tawes added a cup of Wawa's Colombian Irish Cream coffee to the pile, the drink that Morris would drink every day, during her more than two decades working for Wawa. 

"She was always there whenever you needed her," said Tawes, who worked with Morris. "She was always just a call or text away."

Speed Limit Debate:

The tragedy is renewing community calls for a reduction in the speed limit. This is despite the fact that police said speed was not a factor in the crash. Neil Dickerson, a resident of Plantation Lakes, has been leading the charge for a reduction for years.

"Our emotions in this community are beyond frustration right now," said Dickerson. 

For seven years, Dickerson said he has been fighting for a reduction in speed to 35 miles per hour. In May, the Delaware Department of Transportation agreed to lower it from 50 mph to 45 mph, but for Dickerson and his neighbors, that's not enough.

"DelDOT," he said. "We're reaching out to you because this was our biggest fear. That this day unfortunately would come. A fatality in front of our community. You - you need to hear what the people in this community have to say about reducing this speed to a reasonable 35 mph."

But DelDOT said that lowering the limit would not actually make the road safer. 

"If there's an artificially low speed on the road," said Jim Westhoff, a DelDOT spokesman said. "That actually creates a more dangerous situation."

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