Delmar woman dies in head-on crash in Dagsboro

DAGSBORO – A 62-year-old Delmar woman died from injuries sustained in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon in Dagsboro.

Elizabeth J. Willey was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:40 p.m. crash, Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Investigation revealed Ms. Willey was traveling south in a 1993 Mercury Cougar on Iron Branch Road just north of Main Street when she failed to negotiate a moderate curve. Her vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a northbound Ford Explorer driven by Samuel B. Tull Jr., 21, of Frankford.

Mr. Tull was unable to avoid the Mercury, resulting in a head-on collision, Cpl. Fournier said.

A 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer, operated by Donna R. Robbins, 47, of Dagsboro, was several car lengths behind the Mercury Cougar. In swerving to avoid the crash her car left the roadway and struck an electrical picket fence.

Ms. Willey, who was not properly restrained, was extricated from the vehicle by the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department. She subsequently succumbed to the injuries and pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Tull and an 18-year-old female passenger were properly restrained and did not require any medical attention.

Ms. Robbins and her three passengers; an 18-year-old girl, a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old girl were all properly restrained and uninjured.

The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit will continue its investigation.


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