One dead, one seriously injured during River Road crash near Delaware City Monday night

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According to Delaware State Police spokesman, Jason Hatchell, “Impairment on either operator does not appear to be a factor.” He added, “the investigation is on-going and there are no charges filed at this time.”

New Castle (DE): A 63-Year-Old Delaware City man is dead after a head-on crash on River Road near Delaware City Monday night police said.

Delaware State Police is investigating the crash that occurred just before 6:00 p.m. on River Road between Federal School Lane and Malcolm Forrest Road.

Police say a 2013 Nissan Frontier, operated by a 63-year-old male from Delaware City was traveling southbound River Road approaching the intersection with Malcolm Forest Road.

At the same time a 2007 Jeep Liberty, operated by a 33-year-old female from Delaware City, was traveling northbound River Road at the same location. Police don’t know why but the vehicles collided head-on near the center of the roadway.

The operator of the Nissan who was not wearing a seatbelt was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Thursday, Delaware State Police identified him as 63-year-old Joseph Grosso of Delaware City.

The operator of the Jeep who was properly restrained was transported to Christiana Hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries., according to a news release.

According to Delaware State Police spokesman, Jason Hatchell, “Impairment on either operator does not appear to be a factor.” He added, “the investigation is on-going and there are no charges filed at this time.”

River Road (Rt. 9) between Saienni Boulevard and Federal School Lane was closed for approximately 3 hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Det. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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