Alcohol, speed and cell phone use are considered factors in this crash

Dover police are continuing to investigate a crash that took the life of a Dover woman and hospitalized a 13-year-old girl.

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman identified the dead woman as Nicole Hauf, 32.

The crash occurred at about 10:57 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 as Hauf’s vehicle was traveling eastward on White Oak Road, just east of the Route 1 overpass. Police determined Hauf failed to negotiate the curve and ran off the roadway into a ditch. The vehicle overturned at least three times before coming to rest on its roof in the roadway.

The 13-year-old passenger, who was wearing her seatbelt, was able to get out of the vehicle on her own, but Hauf had to be removed by the Dover fire department. The girl was admitted to the A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in stable condition with a serious chest injury.

Hauf was admitted to the hospital with a severe head injury and died Sunday.

During the investigation, it was learned Hauf was driving while arguing on the phone. It also is thought alcohol and speed are factors in the crash, Hoffman said.