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Update: One Killed, Two Injured in Milford Area Crash

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MILFORD, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a Thursday night crash that left one person dead and two others injured north of Milford.

Police said the crash occurred around 5:20 p.m. as 37-year-old Julio C. Garcia of Milford was operating a 2002 GMC Safari van southbound on Bay Road (US113/SR1) just north of Cicada Lane. Troopers said that for unknown reasons, the van drifted into the center median where it struck a road sign, and as Garcia attempted to enter back onto the roadway, he overcorrected and drove off the west side of the road where the van struck a tree.

Troopers said Garcia, who was properly restrained, was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

Police said 31-year-old Ruben Martinez of Milford was a front seat passenger in the van and was not properly restrained.  He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Troopers said a rear seat passenger in the van, identified as 29-year-old Virginio Lopez of Milford, was transported initially by EMS to Milford Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to Christiana Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this incident. Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this case and no charges have been filed at this time. 

SR1 southbound between Old Cemetery and Cicada Lane was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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