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Man Killed in Early Morning Crash on Route 1

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Tuesday morning's crash scene in Milford. (Photo credit: Emmett Vennett of Milford) Tuesday morning's crash scene in Milford. (Photo credit: Emmett Vennett of Milford)

MILFORD, Del.- Delaware State Police have identified a man who was killed in a Tuesday morning crash on Route 1 in Milford.

Troopers said the crash happened around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday as Mario E. Nelson, 58, of Harrington, was operating a 2010 Toyota Corolla eastbound on N. E. Front Street Ext.  and approaching a stop sign at the intersection with Milford Bypass (SR1). Police said that meanwhile, Melissa L. Mallet, 35, of Magnolia, was operating a 2013 Lincoln MKZ southbound on SR1 in the left lane. Investigators said that for unknown reasons, the Corolla failed to remain stopped at the stop sign and entered into the intersection where it was struck on the driver’s side door by the Lincoln’s front bumper.  Both vehicles then rotated counter clockwise and the Corolla traveled in a southwest direction where it came to a stop in the grassy median.  The Lincoln continued southbound rotating 90 degrees before it came to a stop facing eastbound on the east edge of SR1, police said. 
 
Nelson was properly restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to investigaotrs. 
 
Troopers said Nelson’s 29-year-old daughter was properly restrained in the passenger’s seat and was flow by Delaware State Police Aviation to Christiana Medical Center where she is currently admitted with non-life-threatening injuries.
 
Police said Mallet was properly restrained and was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital where she was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries.  Her 14-year-old son was properly restrained and was also transported to MMH where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. 
 
The DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this incident.  Alcohol and speed do not appear to be contributing factors in this case, police said. 

SR1 southbound was closed at NE 10th Street for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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