A car crash near Frederica Friday night killed a Camden woman, and has left her 10-year-old daughter in critical condition. The woman killed was 42-year-old Tricia Martin, principal of Milford Central Academy in the Milford School District.
A car crash near Frederica Friday night killed a Camden woman, and has left her 10-year-old daughter in critical condition.
According to police, Tricia Martin, 42, lost control of her 2009 Acura MDX while traveling west on Barratts Chapel Road around 10:40 p.m. Friday, just east of McGinnis Pond Road near Frederica.
For unknown reasons, the Acura crossed over the eastbound lanes and off the roadway where it drove along a ditch line, hitting a telephone box and fence, police said. The vehicle then struck an embankment causing the car to overturn on its side and come to a stop back in the roadway facing westbound in the eastbound lane.
While Tricia Martin was still inside the vehicle, her 10-year-old daughter Taryn Martin exited the vehicle and was attempting to ask for help from a passing car that was stopped in the roadway near the Acura.
At the same time, police say Richard B. Triola, 49 of Magnolia, was operating at 2005 GMC Yukon eastbound on Barratts Chapel Road east of McGinnis Pond Road, approaching the scene. The truck struck the Acura and pushed it into a ditch where it rotated back right side up.
Tricia Martin was ejected from her vehicle and thrown onto the roadway upon impact. Taryn Martin, who was standing outside of the vehicle in the roadway, was struck by one of the vehicles and thrown onto the south side of the roadway and into the grass.
Tricia Martin was flown from the scene by State Police Aviation to Christiana Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Taryn was initially transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital before being transferred to A. I. DuPont Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.
Triola, who was properly restrained, was taken to Kent General, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Barratts Chapel Road east of McGuiness Pond Road was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.