Deadly Crash in Townsend: One Dead, One Critical, and an Ongoing Police Investigation

Harvey Straughn RoadImage via Delaware State Police

TOWNSEND, DE — The Delaware State Police announced they are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Saturday evening in Townsend.

Master Corporal J. Forester states that on June 24, 2023, at approximately 5:37 p.m., a blue 2019 Promaster delivery van was traveling westbound on Harvey Straughn Road east of Black Stallion Road. At the same time, a red 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Harvey Straughn Road west of Vandyke Greenspring Road. The delivery van began turning left onto a residential driveway, crossing into the path of the eastbound motorcycle. The motorcyclist tried to brake to avoid the crash, but was unable to do so and collided with the right side of the van.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year-old man from Dover, Delaware, was flown by State Police helicopter to an area hospital with critical injuries.

The passenger on the motorcycle, a 23-year-old woman from Hartly, Delaware, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name is being withheld until her family and relatives are notified.

The driver of the van, a 23-year-old woman from Wilmington, Delaware, was not injured.

The roadway was closed for approximately four hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to contact Master Corporal J. Forester by calling 302-365-8485. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.

Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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