A deadly crash that killed two teens and sent another teen to the hospital in critical condition Saturday morning closed down Route 13 Northbound near Hamburg Road in New Castle.
NEW CASTLE (DE): Two teens are dead and another is in critical condition following a deadly Saturday morning crash near New Castle.
Police say, around 10:00 a.m. Saturday, 19-year-old Adrian Velazquez from Kearney, NJ was operating a 2003 Toyota Avalon on Route 13 in the Northbound lane near Hamburg Road. Police say, Velazquez drifted into the right lane of travel, and then off the edge of the roadway onto a grassy area.
According to police spokeswoman, Melissa Jaffe, after leaving the roadway, “the Avalon then struck a small rise in the ground which sent the vehicle airborne into an area of thick brush and trees.” The vehicles front end struck a large tree before coming to it’s final resting place, Jaffe said.
“Velazquez suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.”, Jaffe said, “He was properly restrained, and impairment is not considered a factor on his behalf.”
His front seat passenger, a 19-year-old male from Newark, NJ who was properly restrained, was removed from the vehicle, treated, and transported to Christiana Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Another passenger, seated behind the driver’s seat was 19-year-old Alahtee Heuy from Hillside, NJ, police say, he was not properly restrained and was partially ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The third passenger, a 20-year-old male who was seated in the right rear (to the right of Heuy), was not properly restrained and was ejected from the vehicle. He landed a short distance away from the vehicle and was transported to Christiana Hospital in critical condition.
Route 13 Northbound, South of Hamburg Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this crash, Jaffe said