Melinda Foraker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash that claimed the life of a Hartly woman.

Division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Melinda Foraker, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fournier said the initial investigation showed the incident took place around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 18 on Halltown Road, just west of Hartly Road and Pearsons Corner.

Foraker was driving a 1998 Honda Civic westbound toward a slight curve, but apparently failed to negotiate the curve and went off the north side of the roadway. She hit a large pine tree, spinning the car around until it hit a mailbox and another tree. The car bounced off the second tree before coming to rest on the westbound shoulder of the roadway.

She was not wearing a seatbelt, Fournier said.

Speed may have been a contributing factor although it is not known if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

This section of Halltown Road was closed for about four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.