Laurel girl, 17, killed in crash

LAUREL – A 17-year-old Laurel girl was killed early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle crash in which several other teens were injured, Delaware State Police report.

Erica Colbourne, a rear-seat passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene, state police spokesman Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said.

It is unknown if she was properly restrained at the time of the crash.

State police investigation determined the crash occurred Saturday morning at approximately 4:30 a.m. as 17-year-old Seth L. Edwards of Laurel was operating a 1998 Buick Century westbound on Old Sharptown Road approximately one-tenth of a mile west of Williams Road.

Police say the vehicle failed to negotiate a right hand curve and struck a utility pole with its left side.

Seth Edwards, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was not injured. Alcohol may be a factor in the crash, Cpl. Hale said.

A 16-year-old Laurel boy, a 16-year-old boy from Salisbury, and a 15-year-old Laurel boy, all passengers in the vehicle, were transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

A 16-year-old female passenger from Seaford was transported to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment for minor injuries.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit and charges are expected, Cpl. Hale said.

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